Richard A. Bernhard

Jan. 10, 1926 to Jan. 20, 2014 -

Richard A. Bernhard

Richard Alan Bernhard, retired business executive, passed away on Jan. 20, 2014 after a long bout with asbestosis and cancer. He was 88 years old.

A memorial service is planned on March 22 at 4 p.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Tigard, Oregon. A reception is planned immediately following at Oswego Lake Country Club. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on March 21 with full military honors.

Dick was born in Washington D.C. on Jan. 10, 1926. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of The Order of the Arrow. He graduated cum laude from Catonsville High School in Catonsville, Maryland. He graduated cum laude from Pennsylvania State College in State College, Pennsylvania with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. He attended the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of The Executive Management School of Carnegie Mellon University. He was valedictorian of his graduating class there. Dick was a member of the Delta Chi social fraternity, and was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, and Tau Epsilon honorary engineering fraternities.

Dick served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division of The United States Army Paratroopers during World War II. He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, parachuted again into Holland, and then fought in the Battle of The Bulge, where he received a battlefield commission. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Parachute Infantry Wings with Two Gold Stars, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the European Operations Medal, the Belgium Foraguerre, the French Foraguerre, the Netherlands Orange Lanyard, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army of Occupation Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and a Presidential Citation.

In 1949, Dick joined Babcock & Wilcox, a worldwide designer and manufacturer of large steam boilers, nuclear reactors and large power plant equipment. He served with Babcock & Wilcox for 42 years progressing to a sales and marketing executive in the fossil and nuclear power arena. He was a Registered Professional Engineer and he was very proud of this.

Dick and his family moved to Lake Oswego in 1975 where Dick was responsible for the sales and marketing of all of Babcock & Wilcox's products and services in the Pacific Northwest. Dick was very active in the development of nuclear power in the Pacific Northwest.

Throughout his life Dick enjoyed golf, sailing, all kinds of cars, bridge and traveling. He was a great believer in professionalism, and positivism, and coined this phrase within his company for many years.

Dick is survived by his two children, Scott A. Bernhard of Spokane Wash. and Meredith B. Smith of Roseburg Ore., and three grandchildren.

Contributions to the memory of Dick can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.

Please visit Dick’s online memorial at