Dr. Richard H. Lange
- April 24, 1924 - September 12, 2011
- Niskayuna, New York
of Richard's Passing
The Foundation for Ellis Medicine
1101 Nott Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
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“Dear Nancy: The notice of Dick's death brought back memories of happy evenings when we enjoyed conversations at Fortnightly Club meetings. We...Read More »
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“On behalf of my mother, Yvonne Morrissette and myself, we wish to extend our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayer are with you.
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2 of 11 | Posted by: Eleanor Morrissette Quigley - NY
“Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you with Dick's death. He was a marvelous accomplished doctor and human . Our community and you have lost a true...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Bruno and Ruth Tolge - NY
“I served for many years with Dick on the Board of Directors of the New York State Division of the American Cancer Society. He had several state-wide...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Sorrell Chesin - Albany, NY
“Dick and Nancy have been good friends of ours for more than 20 years. Joe first met Dick in their work as American Cancer Society volunteers. But our...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Joe & Lu Buttiglieri - NY
“Dick was a friend to me since early childhood when he and my Aunt Mary first met pioneering the remote coast of Little Compton RI. I was a young kid...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Tim Cochran - Yarmouth , ME
“YOu have woven your way through our lives for so long, in so many ways, that there is a big hole. We love you. Happy and Jim
7 of 11 | Posted by: Happy and Jim Marsh - Esssex, NY
“I shall always remember Dr. Lange for his kindness, his love of music, fishing, travel and the finer things in life. He lived his life the way he...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Scott Andrus - Schenectady, NY
“Richard Lange has been my "uncle" for all of my 59 years. He became friends with my parents in 1952 - the year I was born- and has been there for...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jone Holmblad Jensen - NY
“To our family he was always "UNCLE DICK" and was our doctor until he retired.We went many places with Nanc and Dick on travels to and fro but the...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: James and Evelyn Holmblad - NY
“My first doctor in NYS about 1963. He approved me to work for GE Co.
Shortly later my wife met Nancy and we became friends. I just can't believe...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: George and KT Schmidt - NY
Niskayuna-Dr. Richard H. Lange, a Schenectady native, passed away at 87, on Monday after a brief illness.
He was being cared for at Ellis Medicine by staff that knew him well from his nearly fifty years of training and medical practice as an internal medicine physician. Richard was born at Ellis Hospital and attended Schenectady schools and Union College. Upon graduation from New York Medical College in 1948, he returned to his hometown and began a long medical career. Dr. Lange established and then headed Ellis's Nuclear Medicine Department for many decades. After retiring from practice in 1992, Dr. Lange served as Vice President of Medical Affairs for Mohawk Valley Physicians Health Plan. He was an active longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society, serving as a delegate for the New York State Division and as Chair of the National Medical Affairs Subcommittee on Alternative and Complimentary Methods of Cancer Treatment. His illustrious career was marked by many honors, including the President's Citizenship Award from the NYS Medical Society and the Physician Recognition Award from the regional chapter of the American College of Physicians.
Richard had many passions and interests. He was a talented musician, playing the piano, singing in the First United Methodist Church choir, and, at age 60, performing a formal recital for his many friends. He particularly loved opera, was a stalwart supporter of the Schenectady Light Opera Company, appeared on stage in a Metropolitan Opera production of Aida, and enthusiastically hosted Soprano Birgit Nilsson's visit to Schenectady. Richard was also a photographer -- his shark and coral reef pictures were locally exhibited and graced annual family Christmas cards. He loved fishing, scuba diving, skiing, dogs, reading, beach vacations with the extended family, and his own culinary specialty -- baked lobster.
Richard is survived by Nancy Ribble Lange, his beloved wife of 59 years; his children Hank Lange, Katie Dolan, and Amy Lange; brothers Fritz and Bill Lange, six grandchildren, and his dachshund, Buttsie.
A Memorial Service for Richard will be held on Saturday, October 1st at 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church, 603 State Street in downtown Schenectady. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Richard's memory to: The Foundation For Ellis Medicine, 1101 Nott Street, Schenectady 12308 or the New York/New Jersey Division of the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.