In Memory

Richard 'Dick' Kuck - Class Of 1941

Richard 'Dick' Kuck

On August 7, 2005, loving husband, father, grandfather, and Uncle Richard "Dick" Gerald Kuck, went home to be with the Lord. Richard passed way peacefully surrounded by family members. He was born and raised in South Pasadena, the only child of Harold and Geraldine Kuck. He attended elementary, junior and senior high schools in South Pasadena, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and completed several management certificate programs from the USC Graduate School of Business.

Richard became a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. During his 32-year career with Pacific Telephone he held many management positions, including Vice President. He also served as the Communications Director for Ronald Reagan's first gubernatorial campaign in California, and the Director of Advanced Communication Systems training for AT&T in Cooperstown, New York. Richard also served on numerous boards and organizations including the Navy League and San Diego Symphony Board of Directors, and was a Life Member of the Civil & Professional Engineers of California and the La Jolla Professional Men's Club. From the time he was nine years old, Dick was an Amateur Radio Operator. He enjoyed talking daily to his HAMM group and he had many radio friends around the world. He was also an avid golfer and embraced the computer age with enthusiasm.

Richard met and married his sweetheart, Clarice LaVerne Odden, in 1946. They were married for 59 years and had two daughters. Together they were able to travel the world, visiting many wonderful places. They also enjoyed extended trips around the United States in their fifth wheel. Dick and Clarice have been residing in La Jolla for the past 36 years and have been active members of the La Jolla United Methodist Church during that time. In addition to his wife, Clarice, Richard is survived by two daughters, Crystal Baker (SPHS '66) and husband, Ron, of Ventura, and Debbie Lacarra and husband Manuel, of San Diego; four grandchildren, Michael and Meredith Johnson, and Elizabeth and Manuel Lacarra; sister-in-law Lila Raacke, of San Diego; nephew, Philip Raacke, of San Marino; and extended family. Richard's first priority was his Love of God and his Savior Jesus Christ. He treated everyone fairly and left a positive imprint on all who knew him. The Love of his Family was a daily focus. He was always available for a hug, sounding board or just an ear, and he had a strong love of and pride in his country. He will be sincerely missed by family and friends alike. 

San Diego Union-Tribune, September 20, 2005