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Richard "Dick" Carlyle Pickering, 90, passed away Oct. 10, at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dick was born Dec. 19, 1926, along with his twin, Vivian, in Goshen, Indiana, to his parents, Carlyle Whitehead Pickering, a banker, and Bertha Ranard Pickering, a home economics teacher.
Dick loved to read and was known to finish a book in the seven blocks between the library and his home. Upon graduating from Goshen High School, Dick was drafted into the Army for World War II. After his discharge as staff sergeant in 1946, Dick earned a bachelor's degree in economics at Indiana University then a master's degree in economics from Columbia University, where he also completed coursework for a doctorate. But he preferred the practice of economics, working at the Federal Reserve Board as an economist.
After Dick married Margaret "Peggy" Hastings Pickering, whom he met at the Fed, in 1963, they lived in Arlington, Virginia, for 43 years. Also in 1963, Dick moved to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and became deputy director of economic research.
Dick and Peggy had two children, Paula and Andy, whose activities they unfailingly supported.
After Dick and Peggy retired, they traveled extensively across the U.S. and the globe, with a special interest in archeological sites.
Dick loved to be outside playing tennis, hiking, swimming, particularly in Tippecanoe Lake (Indiana), and cheering on his children's and grandchildren's sports activities. Dick lit up when he was spending time with his grandchildren in Charlottesville, where he and Peggy moved in 2006.
He was passionate about stamp collecting and classical music. He enjoyed the symphony, ballet and museums. Dick was a voracious reader, particularly of history, and loved to learn.
He was preceded in death by his twin, Vivian, and his wife of 53 years, Peggy, and is survived by his brother, Jack Pickering, Arlington; sister, Carolyn Pickering Garman, Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Paula Pickering, Williamsburg; son, Andy Pickering, Charlottesville; grandchildren, Althea, Inanna and Jin Pickering, Charlottesville; stepgrandchildren, Jason and Daniel Menzies, Williamsburg; and many nieces and nephews.
Private interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.
Donations to the Charlottesville High School Orchestra (CHSO), Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901; the C&O Canal trust, http://www.canaltrust.org/ or 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100 Hagerstown, MD 21740; or the Smithsonian Institution, https://www.si.edu/ or 202-633-4300; would be welcome.
Published on November 3, 2017
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