Posted: Wed 9:45 AM, Nov 21, 2012
April 2, 1920 - November 18, 2012
Richard C. "Dick" Cornwell died on November 18, 2012 at his home in Bryan, Texas. He was born on April 2, 1920, to Floyd and Leah Cornwell in Kokomo, Indiana. His family moved to Muncie, Indiana, in 1925, then to the 20-acre farm of Dick's paternal grandparents just outside of Kokomo for about two years. The family then moved to South Bend, Indiana, in 1932 where Dick finished Riley High School. When he was 18 he started at Notre Dame and received his electrical engineering degree in 1943 during the war.
Dick and Mary Katherine Baumbach married in May of 1942 and shortly after graduation he took a job with the Federal Telegraph Corporation in Newark, New Jersey. In 1954 they moved back to South Bend, where Dick took a teaching fellowship at Notre Dame while getting his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Dick and Mary moved to Sunnyvale, California, in 1955 where he took a job at Sylvania Electronics Corporation in a defense electronics plant. He worked there just short of 30 years when he retired in 1985 at the age of 65. After Mary died in July of 2003, Dick sold his home in 2004 and moved to Bryan, Texas, where Mary's younger sister Ruth Samson and her family had lived for some 40 plus years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents, and his cousin Julia and her husband Philip Curtis of San Antonio. He is survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law law Ruth and Charles Samson of Bryan, and various nieces and nephews including Peggy Samson of Bryan, Charles and Sherese Samson of Larue, Texas, and Sherry Benko of South Bend.
The family express sincere appreciation to the Confluence Care Management group for the special attention they gave to Dick during his illness.
Dick was a kind and gentle man. He spent many years caring for others. He will be greatly missed.
At Dick's request, no memorial services will be held.