Richard Fein

Richard S. "Dick" Fein

Wednesday, April 25th, 1923 - Saturday, December 7th, 2019
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Richard Saul (known to all as Dick) Fein, born April 25,1923 in Milwaukee, WI, died peacefully, surrounded by loving family, December 7, 2019 in New Paltz, NY. He was the son of the late Adolph Milton Fein and Belle Baum Fein, and was predeceased by his sister Barbara Derber and sons-in-law Michael Goldfinger and Laurence Paradis.

Dick was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid athlete: a competitive swimmer in high school, rowed crew in college, hiked, and mountain biked. He continued to cross-country ski and bike until he was ninety. For his ninetieth birthday he walked around the lake at Mohonk Preserve with his children and grandchildren. Shortly before his ninetieth birthday he traveled on his own to the Panama Canal.

A warm, kind, modest man with a dry wit, Dick never talked about his many accomplishments. He not only had a very successful professional life, but also contributed in many ways, large and small, to his community and nation, including United Way volunteer work, the Town of Poughkeepsie’s Conservation Advisory Committee, and The United States Navy during WWll. Dick graduated from Sherwood High School, Sherwood, WI. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he then earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Dick began his career at the Texaco Research Lab, Glenham, NY, where he worked for 33 years in basic and applied research. Among many other applications, his research led to the development of lubrication for artificial bone joints. Before retiring from Texaco, Dick worked in the company’s first Environmental Department. He received the Captain Alfred E. Hunt Memorial Award in1967 from the Society of Lubrication Engineers. He authored or co-authored dozens of articles. Dick was a 70-year member of the American Chemical Society; a founding member of the Tribology and Lubrication Society; taught at Columbia University’s Mechanical Engineering Department for 7 years and presented semi-annual seminars to the Society of Automotive Engineers for more than a decade.

Dick was active with the Engineering Foundation from 1984-1997, serving as board chair for several years. He helped transition the Foundation into the Engineering Conferences International from 1997-2015, where he was liaison to diverse engineering conferences.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Harriet Kronman Fein; daughters Ellen Fein (Steve Worona), Beth Fein (Mike DiFilippo), Judy Fein; and grandchildren Phillip DiFilippo (Lauren Ungs), Andrés LaFlor, Becky Goldfinger-Fein, Josh Paradis, and Hal Paradis.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 1:00PM at Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie, NY. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Richard S. and Harriet K. Fein Hudson Valley Community Foundation, or the Richard S. and Harriet K. Fein Foundation at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Madison, WI., or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 12:45pm
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 12:45pm
    Vassar Temple
    140 Hooker Avenue
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  • Interment

    Vassar Temple Cemetery
    LaGrange Avenue
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Carl Whitehead

Posted at 07:45pm
I want to offer my condolences. I met Dick when I joined the Town of Poughkeepsie CAC and he was the chairman at the time. He was a nice person and a great leader, and I enjoyed talking to him about biking. Carl Whitehead

Harriet Fein Posted at 04:01pm

Thank you Carl. Dick was interested in conservation and preserving the planet for the generations to come. Biking was so much of his later life up and until he was 90.

Andy Endsley

Posted at 08:37am
Harriet, I wish to offer my condolences. It seems like eons ago when Dick, Lou, and Charlie car pooled to Texaco. I greatly appreciated you and Dick attending my father’s service in 06. I hope your memories sustain you in this difficult time. Andy Endsley

Harriet Fein Posted at 04:09pm

Andy, Lou, Charlie, and Dick were traveling buddies for more years than I can count! I have warm memories of your family as neighbors and good friends. I really appreciate your taking time to send a note. Yes, almost 72 years does provide so many wonderful memories. Doing pretty well, thanks for the uppport

Kenneth M. Glatt

Posted at 08:06pm
Dear Harriet,

With deeply felt condolences and longstanding affection, I am donating in Dick's name $100 to the Richard S. and Harriet K. Fein Hudson Valley Community Foundation.

If we can assist in any way or share memories over lunch, please five us a call.


Ken Glatt and Joan Micucci

Harriet Fein Posted at 04:18pm

Ken and Joan, Thank you for your kind offer of assistance. I am holding my own, but always enjoy people visiting. And many thanks for your generous donation. The fund is geared to helping young people in the area who can use a “hand up”.. As ever, Harriet

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