Richard “Dick” Radloff

Richard “Dick” Radloff died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home, with his family present, after an extended illness. A native of Fredonia, N.Y., Dick was captain of the 1948 undefeated football team, as well as a starter on the basketball team. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served two combat tours on the USS Philippine Sea CV 47 during the Korean War. The USS Philippine Sea was one of the first carriers to have jets, the F9F Panther, and it played a significant role in the assault on and support of US ground troops at the Chosen Reservoir. This service led him to advocate the need for carriers, even during periods of non-war, as peacekeepers. A proud veteran and patriot, he flew and honored Old Glory daily. Following the U.S. Navy, Dick received a Bachelor of

Science Degree from the University of Buffalo majoring in labor and industrial relations. He joined the Western Electric Company, which became part of

AT&T in 1984 and then Lucent Technologies in 1996. He spent 33 years there in a supervisory role and in various positions, but mostly in personnel and

industrial relations. Starting in Tonawanda, N.Y., Dick was one of many pioneers at that time initiating equal opportunity efforts to minorities and women. This resulted in his appearance on the Buffalo, N.Y., televised program entitled “Opportunity Line,” on several occasions. Additionally, he was an adjunct

professor teaching supervisory development at the Erie County Community College and was selected Toastmaster of the Year in a speaker’s competition. Always interested in youth, he worked as a counselor in a Junior Achievement Program and was a Postmaster for a Senior Boy Scout Troop. The Radloff family moved

to Gwinnett County, Ga., in 1970, Dick is survived by his wife Louise Radloff, his sons Richard Radloff of Texas, Gregg Radloff of Sugar Hill, and Doug Radloff of Dacula; grandchildren Nicholas, Samantha, Deidre, Jessica, and Peyton; great-granddaughter, Ryan; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents William and Hattie Radloff of Fredonia, N.Y.; his brother Bill Radloff of Dunkirk, N.Y., and sisters Emmeline Coleman of Texas, Doris Trill of Dunkirk

N.Y., and Jean Rosser of Hamburg, N.Y.; and his nephew Robbie Radloff. A celebration of life service will be held at the Richard Radloff Gym at Radloff Middle School on Shackleford Rd in Duluth, Ga. on June 29, at 10 a.m.; a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dick’s memory to the Gwinnett

County Public Schools Foundation for Radloff Middle School, or to the American Cancer Society for prostrate cancer, or Interlocking Communities, Inc., a local nonprofit corporation 501 (c) (3) at 1122 Hopedale Ln, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 or online at, where he was a teacher. Condolences may be sent by visiting Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.