Dear Dick, Rita, John, Larry, Brad, your families, and the A&M Family.
Dick gave me my first job, at Ohio State. He and Rita taught me and Barbara what true collegiality is, by example. Through their life's work, in and out of the university setting, they exemplify humanity. These were not normal people, I understood early and often. They made me think Texas must be a good place with good people. It mattered a great deal that Dick believed in me; I hope he knew that.
Dick worked harder than anyone. I used to ask him why he was carrying around that huge briefcase full to the elastic limit, only to find myself, just a few years later, doing the same thing. Dick shrugged off such questions. So many projects, so little time. So many people to work with, assist, facilitate, so little time. I would say Dick maximized his time!
I also used to ask Dick why he worked on such tremendously difficult problems; it started in mathematics and engineering, but then lifted to higher planes and challenges. Again, he never really answered me. He would just kind of shrug his shoulders and smile. Perhaps to say, in time, you'll understand.
And Rita, what a wonderful person. The duo sits in a rarified class of the most influential in the lives of other people. There is no higher tribute to one's life than that. I am but one person who learned a lot about life and values from Dick and Rita. In our last venture together in the past year, at the University of South Carolina, Dick and I promised to try to get together, a double date for old times' sake. I suppose we would not play tennis, but in , Dick had a mean game.
I am brought to tears of love and respect, of memories and lessons in life, that I will cherish forever. Rest in peace, Dick, but above all, rest. You deserve it. I look forward in the after life to make true on our double date.
And to the family, let us share your heavy heart and be comforted.
I close my thoughts of Dick with a true Texas tribute. Bum Phillips was a Texan to the bone, and he was asked what he thought of his star running back, Earl Campbell. I paraphase: When God forms his elite class of people who made a difference in the lives of others, Dick Ewing may not be in a class by himself. But, it sure won't take long to call roll.
Greg & Barbara