RANDOLPH, N.J. - On Oct. 29, 2012, Richard Rogers (Gielow) Everett, PhD., and his wife, Elizabeth A. Tucker Everett, Ph.D, of Randolph, NJ were killed when a tree fell on their truck as they were driving home during Hurricane Sandy.
Richard is the son of Elizabeth Rogers Everett and Norman Everett of Reno, NV and Richard Gielow and wife Barbara of Traverse City, Mich.
Richard was born May 11, 1958, in Calumet to Elizabeth (Rogers-Gielow) Everett and Richard Gielow. Beth was born Jan. 25, 1964, in GA and is the daughter of Dorothy Tucker of Thousand Oaks, CA. Richard and Beth celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Mar. 21, 2012.
The couple is survived by their parents; four children, Zoe, 20, Talia, 17, Theodore, 14 and Pierce, 11; Richard's brother, James (Jay) Everett, wife Turi and daughter, Aria of Sweden; Beth's sister, Cissy Stanford; brother, John Tucker; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Richard moved to Santa Ana, Calif. with his parents in 1974, graduated with honors from El Modena High School, won a scholarship from Whirlpool Corporation, was a member of the CA Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society. He attended Santa Ana Junior College and got his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of California San Diego. He earned his Ph.D in Chemistry at the University of California Santa Barbara. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Society and received the American Chemical Society Annual Student Award.
At the time of his death, Richard was employed as Senior Director, Pharmaceutical Operations for OPHOTECH, Cedar Knolls, NJ and was the owner of the Blue Crest Riding Center, Long Valley, NJ. Before moving to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Richard was employed at Amgen of Thousand Oaks, Calif. and had worked at US Borax in Anaheim, Calif.
Richard was a talented wood worker, played the piano, saxophone and guitar. He was a devoted husband and caring, loving father.
A candlelight service was held on Nov. 3 at Shongum Lake, Randolph, N.J. and with a Celebration of Life Service on Nov. 4 at the Blue Crest Riding Center. Both services were attended by family, hundreds of friends and co-workers, each there to share stories and wonderful memories of two exceptional people.