Richard Alfred Nitsche
Richard Alfred Nitsche
  • September 28, 1939 - January 29, 2017
  • Marina, California

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Richard passed away peacefully at his home on January 29, 2017. Richard was born in Cleveland, Ohio and spent most of his childhood in Avon, Ohio. Working on vegetable farms during summers, in later years he worked summers in Atlantic City.

He graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. In Chinese and English, received an M.A. From National Taiwan University in Chinese Literature. He continued his graduate work at The Ohio State University in Chinese Linguistics. After receiving his Secondary Education Credential from San Jose State University, he taught Chinese in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Salinas Union High School District, and the Carmel Unified School District. He also held credentials as a Community College Instructor in Chinese, Basic Education, Ethnic Studies, and Language Arts and Literature. In the area of English and ESL, he taught at Youngstown State University, Tianjin University, Hartnell College, Monterey Adult School, and Monterey Peninsula College.
Richard directed programs in American Language & Culture at Youngstown State University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He was the ESL Computer Lab Director at Monterey Peninsula College (Humanities Division).
His publications include Becoming Fluent in English and Situational Exercises in Cross-Cultural Awareness.
His awards include a Fulbright Grant (to the People's Republic of China), Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant (teachers' workshop), and Rockefeller Grant (People's Republic of China, Beijing Languages Institute).

He is survived by his brother Ted, son Chris, his wife Sharon, his granddaughter Katelyn, his partner Binaya, adopted son Nathan, and many cousins and nieces/nephews.

A Celebration of Richards life will be held on Monday February 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Bayside Community Mortuary, 1610 Noche Buena Street, Seaside, CA. 93955 with a Reception following after the service at the Family Consumer Science Building, Monterey Peninsula College. (980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940) Please sign Richards Guestbook at: