Richard F. "Dick" Nugent, of National Park, New Jersey, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2022. He was 79.
Born and raised in Wellesley, MA, Dick was in the first graduating class (1960) of Marian High School. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Wildlife Management from Nichols College in Dudley, MA and furthered his education at the University of Connecticut where he earned his Master's Degree in Wildlife Management (1968). Dick was an employee of the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for thirty-five years. He worked within the service’s division of National Wildlife Refuges at several refuges, most notably, as Refuge Manager of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia from 1977 until his retirement in 2003.
As a young boy, Dick was fortunate to have been able to travel with his mother and brother to join his dad, a U.S. Department of State staffer and an independent management consultant, in various parts of the world. These visits provided Dick with a broad worldly perspective that widened upon his travels as an adult to Mexico, Central America, and Southeast Asia. In his later years, Dick preferred taking ‘armchair adventures’ as an avid cinephile, listening to his favorite blues and rock & roll artists, and enjoying time in nature with his family.
He is the beloved husband of the late Andrea Duria Nugent; loving father of Michelle Duria Nugent and her husband Matthew Pihokker; dear brother of the late Daniel Nugent.
At the request of his family, Dick's family will celebrate his life with a private ceremony. To keep his legacy alive; please share a memory or story with his family.
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