|Providence Evening Bulletin, Wed., Jan. 15, 1964
Edward T. Richards Funeral Saturday
A funeral service for Edward Thayer
Richards, 58, prominent Rhode Island attorney who died unexpectedly
yesterday in a Pompano Beach, Fla., hospital, will be held Saturday at noon
in St. Martin's Church, Orchard Avenue, Providence.
A partner in the law firm of Edwards & Angell in
Providence, Mr. Richards was engaged partly in trial work and partly in
corporation and estate work.
He was graduated from Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J., in 1923,
from Brown University with an A. B. degree in 1927, and from Harvard Law
School with an LL. B. degree in 1930. He was admitted to the Rhode Island
bar in 1931, and had been with the firm of Edwards & Angell since 1930. He
became a partner in that firm in 1940.
He attended St. Paul's School, Garden City, L.I., N.Y.,
and New York Military Academy. He was a trustee of Blair Academy.
Mr. Richards had lived at Hedgerow, Peace Dale, for the
last 18 years. Previously he had lived in Providence.
He was born in Waterloo, Iowa, July 25, 1905, a son of
Julian and Lucinda Francis (Pierce) Richards. He was the husband of Grace
Helen (Beaumont) Richards.
Mr. Richards had wide business connections. He was a
director of the Robbins Co. of Attleboro, Stephenson Robbins Co., Inc., of
Montreal, Canada; Kay's-Newport, Inc., and Kay's Boston, Inc.
Mr. Richards was a member of the American Bar
Association, the Harvard Law School Association, Agawam Hunt, a director of
the Dunes Club, and a past president of the Brown Club of Rhode Island.
At Brown University he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in
his junior year and was editor0in-chief of the Brown Daily Herald in his
senior year. For several years he served on the governing board of his
college fraternity, Psi Upsilon, and also as national vice president. Mr.
Richards was graduated magna cum laude from Brown.
He was a past president of the Parents' League of
Providence and the Psi Upsilon Foundation, treasurer of the Psi Upsilon Club
of Providence, and past secretary of the executive council of Psi Upsilon.
He was also a director of the Little Rest Readers of South County.
One of Mr. Richards' hobbies was collecting antique
mechanical banks. He was reported to have one of the best collections in the
country. He has served as president of the Mechanical Bank Collectors of
He was a member of the pollution abatement committee of
the state planning board during the administration of former Gov. J. Howard
McGrath. He was a member for several years of the Planning Board of South
Besides his widow, he leaves two sons, Edward Thayer
Richards of Mt. Holly, N.J., and Donald Warren Richards of Gardena, Calif.,
and nine grandchildren.