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Richard Taylor Secord Sr., D.D.S.
Richard T. Secord Sr., D.D.S., died on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on April 25, 1935 in Portland, ME the son of the late, Eric M. and Arlene (Taylor) Secord.
Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts-PreMed from the University of Maine, where he was a distinguished Military graduate, president of Honorary Military Organization and fraternity president. He later obtained his Doctorate in Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), graduating in the top 10% of his class, earning the Institute of Dental Research Grant.
Dr. Secord opened his first dental practice in North Andover, MA, operating there for 25 years. He later moved to Meredith, NH, opening a new practice, which he kept for twelve years until his retirement. Dr. Secord served as a Clinician for Dental Education, the Massachusetts Dental Society Coordinator and the Professional Review Committee for the Massachusetts Dental Society. While serving as the clinical instructor at Tufts Dental School for three years, he was a participant for the oral cancer course at Tufts University.
Richard served as a Captain of the Dental Corps with the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. While in the Army he was a researcher of exfoliative cytologic techniques for oral cancer, for which he had two papers published and was a lecturer for post graduate courses at Fort Knox, KY. He also served as a clinic preventive dentistry officer and received a certificate of achievement for military service. In the military, Dr. Richard Secord was requested to be director for the dental clinic at the Walter-Reed National Military Medical Center, he declined so he could pursue a private practice in New England.
Richard was a long time member and past president of the Meredith Rotary Club. He enjoyed spending time at his lake house on Rangeley Lake in Maine with his wife Nancy and many of his past and present dogs. He was an avid fly fisherman and loved to travel the country fishing, including his favorite spots along the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada or Bone fishing in the Bahamas. Among the many famous people he fished with was friend Ted Williams. Dick was the official fly cast instructor for the Federation of Fly Fisherman and was associated with the New Hampshire Fish and Game giving fly fishing courses. Also, Richard volunteered his time instructing children the techniques of fly fishing. He also volunteered his time volunteering his time ski instructing handicapped individuals.
Richard was predeceased by his parents and his infant brother. His family includes:
His wife: Nancy T. (Saner) Secord of Sanbornton
Son, Jeff Perry, his wife Beth and their children Madison and Myles of New Hampton, NH
Daughter, Elizabeth King and her son Trice Butler of Las Vegas, NV
Son, Richard Secord Jr. and his children Jonathan and Hunter of Sandwich, NH
Daughter, Karen Keefe and her husband Owen and their children, Lauren and Cameron of Atkinson, NH
Daughter, Christine Neverett and her husband Gary, and her children Emily and Hannah of Nashua, NH
His cousins: Larry and Steven Secord of Scarborough, Maine.
Ann Wilbur, her husband Gary of Morro Bay, California and daughter Michelle of Ashland, Ohio.
Robert and Robin Landis of Rangeley, Maine.
Jim and Judy York of Connecticut.
Jerry and Dee York of Florida.
And his beloved dog, Shelly
Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12 noon at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Tilton-Franklin Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 1:00 PM at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Memorial donations in memory of Dr. Secord, may be made to the Franklin VNA and Hospice, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235 or to the Franklin Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 265, Franklin, NH 03235.