Dean Charles Rich, MD

  • Born: September 9, 1940
  • Died: June 8, 2021
  • Location: Audubon, Pennsylvania

Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401

Tel. (610) 277-7000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dean Charles Rich MD (Duffer, to his grandchildren) passed away on June 8, 2021 in Utah, 30 minutes from where he was born on September 9, 1940 to Don Carlos Rich and Norma Amelia Bergsjo. He died peacefully in his sleep. Dean was raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Roosevelt High School. Dean graduated from Portland State University, then went on to Medical school at the University of Oregon earning his MD in 1965. He interned in St Paul MN. He was a captain and Flight Surgeon in The United States Air Force. He then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he completed residencies in General Surgery and Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1973 and a Fellowship at National Hospital, Queen Square, London, England. He was on staff at many hospitals in the Mainline area including Paoli Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He retired in 1999.

Dean loved flying and was an Instrument Rated Pilot. He owned a Cessna airplane with his good friend Mike Schrieber MD. After retirement, Dean enjoyed scuba diving with his wife, Kathy, and became a Master Diver. Together, they travelled to many beautiful dive destinations including The Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea in Australia. Dean was an avid reader, his favorite subject was history. He travelled with his dear friends to many Civil War Battlegrounds. He enjoyed mystery and action movies, current events and debating opinions with his friends. He was a fan of Winnie The Pooh books, Eeyore his favorite character. His wit and sense of humor were unique. Like Winston Churchill, one of his heroes, Dean loved a "proper nap". An honorable and brilliant man, Dean will be deeply missed.

Dean is survived by his wife of 25 years Kathleen ( Kathy) Rich, his daughter, Melinda Young (Steve) ,step daughter Alison Skiles (Nate), stepson James B Dibrino and grandchildren Andrew Cameron (Kris), Kelsey Cameron, Iris and Ivy Skiles, sisters Helen Wight (Bob), Nancy Witt, Roxanne Rodela, and many nieces and nephews. He was beloved and admired by friends and colleagues. Over the years, Dean received many notes of appreciation from patients he helped.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in Dean's Life Celebration on Thursday July 22, from 10 AM to 11:50 AM at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish of East Norriton, 200 West Germantown Pike, 610-277-7000. His Memorial Service will begin at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to the American Heart Association and Doctors Without Borders.



Condolence & Memory Journal

Dean could light up a room with his charisma alone. He could talk to anyone about anything and I enjoyed his stories at our family holidays. Dean inspired me with a few of his medical textbooks when I was 16 and studying A&P. His memory and legacy will live on through everyone he’s touched , from patient to family. Much love Kathy , sending light and love to you , Brandon and Alison

Posted by Kaity Sowa - Family   July 18, 2021

It is said that a life well lived is a legacy and a living lasting memory. Each of us born into the world bring their own gifts to the table and Dean brought many throughout his life.
Dean was in a class all by himself. He was a brilliant man blessed with gifted hands of an excellent neurosurgeon helping patients every day. He was humble, honest, and generous with a unique sense of humor. Dean also had a very soft side to him that some people may or may not have known but those close to him saw this. As an example, one morning the Neonatal nurses called me at the office at 6:30 AM excited to share their joy in the news of watching Dr. Rich, the Mainline Neurosurgeon, feeding one of the babies and looked so happy and content in doing so. As some of his pediatric patients would mature and grow up they kept in contact with him sending announcements of special events that happened in their lives, and reminded him they have never forgotten the great doctor that saved their lives.
The world has lost a great human being who touched the lives of so many people and one that formed many friendships along the way with good times shared.
Dean, your friends will truly miss you but you will always hold a special place in our hearts. May you rest in peace my dear friend.
In loving memory.
Lynne A. Scartozzi

Friend & Office Manager

Posted by Lynne Scartozzi - Malvern, PA - Friend   July 15, 2021

Dean was my next-door neighbor for almost fifty years. No one has ever had a kinder, more caring or more generous neighbor. I was deeply disappointed when he told me he was moving. I think of Dean often.

Posted by Frank Potere - Malvern, PA - Neighbor   June 29, 2021

I'm so sorry that I missed the services. I worked with Dr. Rich from 1980 on.... He was so respected and a wonderful physician. I am sure he packed much more fun into the time he had in retirement than the years he was given. My sincere prayers of comfort to his family. I'm so grateful that I got to work with him.

Posted by Doris Kerrick - West Chester, PA - Coworker   June 26, 2021

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