I knew Rich while working and collaborating with him at Britton Chance's Institute for Structural and Functional Studies (ISFS) in Philadelphia in the mid 80's, when we were working on building beamline X9 at the NSLS, and he and I did XAFS experiments at CHESS. Rich liked to try new things - as a protein crystallographer he did early work on MAD phasing, he did the first (to my knowledge) biological EXAFS at CHESS (when he was a postdoc for Keith Moffat), he participated in shuttle microgravity experiments, neutron scattering, and a wide variety of other activities.
Rich did his Ph.D. work with Ray Salemme at U. Arizona, Tucson; postdoc at Cornell with Keith Moffat; he joined the ISFS group in Philadelphia; in the late 80's took a faculty position at U. Wisconsin, Parkside; then a position at the Brookhaven National Labs. He is survived by his wife Barbara, and his daughters Bethany and Helen.
On a personal level, Rich was an intentionally outrageous, funny, exasperating, smart, creative guy, who really loved thinking about, talking about, and most of all, doing science. He will be missed.