Professor Richard A. Gould, age 78 of Belfast, NY and formerly of Dexter, NY, passed away January 5th shortly after his brother Thomas passed at Absolute at Houghton Nursing Care Facility. He had been a patient there since August of 2014.
Richard was born August 22, 1939 in Watertown, the son of David and Esther Jolly Gould. He graduated from Dexter High School as Valedictorian, Houghton College and received his PhD from Princeton University.
Richard was Emeritus Professor of Classics at Houghton College where he taught Greek and Latin from 1968 until his retirement in 2009. He also designed and taught courses in modern mythology, classics in translation, and English as a second language. A meticulous scholar, he was known for his thorough, detailed presentations.
He was a generous friend to colleagues and students, and he frequently hosted gourmet dinners featuring menus influenced by his travels in Great Britain, Italy, Greece, and China.
He often travelled to visit his niece, Julie Gould, and nephew, David Gould in Lodi, Wisconsinto show them various tourist and historical sites around Southern Wisconsin.
He is survived by his sister-in-law Sylvia Gould of Waunakee, Wisconsin and her children, Julie Repka (Gould) of Stoughton, Wisconsin, and David Gould of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.
He was predeceased by a brother Paul Gould of Waunakee, Wisconsin in 2013, a sister Barbara Gould in 2006 and his brother Thomas two hours and 45 minutes prior to his death.
A Celebration of Life will be held April 28th from 12-2pm at the Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter, NY with a burial to follow at Dexter Cemetery. There will also be a brunch immediately after the burial with details to be announced later. There will be no calling hours.
Online condolences may be made to dexterfuneralhome.com.