Richard Douglas Mochrie FEBRUARY 17, 1928 - OCTOBER 11, 2016 Cary Dr. Richard "Dick" Douglas Mochrie, 88, respected husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed on to a peaceful home with God on October 11, 2016, after several months of declining health. Dick was born in Lowell, MA on February 17, 1928 to William and Helen Mochrie. He attended Chelmsford High School, where he graduated in 1945 and was later inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Dick served in the US Army as a Pfc. from 1946-1947 before being the first person in his family to attend college. Dick attended the University of Connecticut where he was involved in many activities and organizations including Sigma Chi Fraternity, the UConn Varsity football team, and Phi Alpha Sigma Honor Society. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Husbandry and in 1953 with a Masters of Science in Dairy Physiology. In 1950, Dick married Helene Buchanan. They moved to North Carolina and resided in Cary for over 60 years. They were charter members of Cary Presbyterian Church and later active members of the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church. Dick completed his Ph.D. in Dairy Nutrition and Biochemistry from NCSU in 1958. He then spent 38 years in a productive teaching and research career as a full professor until his retirement in 1989. Recognized internationally for his extensive research in lactation, Dick's work in mastitis control and milk quality resulted in national improvement in the public milk supply. During his career, Dick authored or co-authored as many as 50 journal articles and his work appeared in at least 90 other publications. While at NCSU, Dick's significant contributions on numerous Department, School, and University committees, were highlighted by serving on the Chancellor's Administrative Council, as well as chairing both the NCSU Faculty Senate and the Faculty Assembly Delegation, advising the President of the greater UNC system. He was also named Faculty Representative for Athletics, representing NCSU to the College Football Association, the NCAA, and the Atlantic Coast Conference, where he held many offices including president of the ACC. Passionate about parks and recreation, Dick chaired the first Recreation Commission for Cary, NC, chaired the Wake County Parks and Recreation Commission, and served as director of the Raleigh YMCA. Dick was a certified AAU Swimming Official and later a master certified Track and Field Official. He served as a head finish judge, photo finish reader or referee in all levels of track and field meets including high school, college, Jr. Olympics, and Masters competitions. He also worked several International Meets and officiated at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. In addition, Dick is remembered as an avid racquetball and tennis player who enjoyed bridge and cribbage and loved the US National Parks. Dick is predeceased by his parents, William B. Mochrie and Helen S. Mochrie, his five siblings, William B. Mochrie, Jr., Kenneth S. Mochrie, Donald E. Mochrie, Norman E. Mochrie, and Eleanor H. LeClair, and his wife of 65 years, Helene Buchanan Mochrie. He is survived by his children Barbara Mochrie Washer (Steven) of Windsor, CT, Steven H. Mochrie (Jane) and Lois Mochrie Blair both of Cary, NC. Also surviving are his grandchildren Bryna Washer Kearney, Naomi Washer, Kirk Mochrie (Veronica), Tara Mochrie, Rachel Blair Blackmon (Albert), and Nelson Blair (Erin); and great-grandchild Albert Blackmon III. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, 200 High Meadow Drive, Cary, NC followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall with time to greet the family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church (200 High Meadow Drive, Cary, NC 27511) or Transitions LifeCare (250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607).
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