|Birth: ||Mar. 22, 1928|
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 2008|
DEASY, RICHARD M., 79, of Fales Street, Riverside, a long time professor of History at Providence College died on February 18, 2008 after a prolonged illness. He was the beloved husband of Rosalind (Gibbs) Deasy for 49 years.
Born on March 22, 1928 in Rumford, a son of the late John P. and Helen (McCoart) Deasy, he lived in Riverside for 45 years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Dr. John E. Deasy and his wife Patricia N. Deasy of Bowie, Maryland, Richard M. Deasy, Jr. and his wife Randy St. Louis Deasy of Fairfax, Virginia, and Edward G. Deasy of Jackson Heights, NY; a daughter, Rosalind Gibbs Deasy of Albuquerque, New Mexico; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Patrick, Emily, Lauren and Kelly Deasy; two brothers, Dr. John Deasy of Bridgewater, MA, and Professor Robert L. Deasy of Rumford; five nephews and one niece.
After attending local public schools in the Rumford area he graduated from Saint Raphael Academy in 1945 where he was inducted into the Rhode Island Honor Society. He entered Providence College in the Fall of that year but left to fulfill his military obligation serving with the U.S. Army Seventh Division doing occupation duty in Korea. He then returned to Providence College graduating summa cum laude in 1951. He immediately embarked on a career in teaching that lasted the rest of his life. He took history courses at Brown University and received an M.Ed from Boston University. His teaching career took him to North Dakota, Massachusetts and back to Rhode Island until he joined the Faculty at Providence College in the Fall of 1962 to begin a 42 year career. He taught courses for the History, Education and ROTC Departments. He guided student trainees in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. His expertise in military history found him teaching courses at West Point and several military installations around the country. In addition, he served on innumerable committees including the faculty senate and also served as Director of the Social Studies Program for 20 years. In 1983 he was honored by the college with its Teacher of the Year Award and upon retirement was awarded the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award. Thousands of students have attested to his classroom excellence.
In addition, he was actively involved in all sorts of activities at St. Brendan Church including positions of teaching catechism classes, raising money and serving as an usher and lector. Although declining health sapped him of some of his energy, his devotion to his wife, children, grandchildren, students and his country never wavered. He will be sorely missed.
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