OBITUARY

Richard "Dick" B. Ladd

August 13, 1940July 18, 2021

Richard B. (Dick) Ladd, 80, died on Sunday, July 18, 2021. He was born on August 13, 1940 in Quincy, MA to Robert and Harriet Ladd. In 1962, he married Edith Russell and they remained married until her death. In 2000, He married Sabra Ashley. A proud graduate of Bowdoin College, Dick retired from the Army in 1982 and joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. He was appointed the Deputy Undersecretary of the Army after which he ran a consulting firm in D.C for many years. During his retirement, he served as an Anne Arundel County Councilman and as a member of the Army Science Board. Dick is survived by his wife, Sabra, two children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will include a visitation at Taylor Funeral Home (147 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis) on Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 2:00PM-5:00PM. The memorial service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church (301 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis) on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 10:00AM. Dick will be laid to rest in his hometown of Scituate, MA at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Dick’s name to Hospice of Chesapeake (90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122), Bowdoin College (4100 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011), or the SPCA of Anne Arundel County (1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403). A lovely article was published in the Annapolis Capital newspaper. To read it, click here: https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-richard-dick-ladd-20210720-oauzy5ljf5cvtalfvhuzs6bp3i-story.html

Services

1 August

Memorial Visitation

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 Duke Of Gloucester St
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

2 August

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Calvary United Methodist Church

301 Rowe Blvd
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Memories

Richard "Dick" B. Ladd

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Diana Waterman

July 28, 2021

Dear Sabra,

My heart goes out to you and your family. Dick was such a loving and generous person. I could always count on his support and friendship. He was a great public servant and a strong supporter of all things Republican! I will miss him.

John & Kathy Norville

July 28, 2021

Dick Ladd was a respected & well - liked Gentleman, a decorated Army Veteran, a Leader & Past Chairman of the A.A. County Council who led efforts to improve our Environment. He was very Intelligent with Global views & opinions, an interesting Conversationalist. He was also a good Friend. Our Sympathy to Sabra & Family. Dick will be missed.

Linda Richards Gardner

July 26, 2021

Dear Sabra,
My heart goes out to you and your family in this difficult time.
Dick was a wonderful friend and a major memory in all of us who knew and loved him.
Most Sincerely,
Linda Richards Gardner

Rich Efford

July 26, 2021

I first met Dick in 1985 when I started working for the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee in Congress. Dick quickly showed this young Congressional staffer how to approach our job with honor, integrity, fairness, professionalism, and laughter. We maintained our friendship for many years after he left the Hill, and he never changed from the kind, decent, passionate man I met back in 1985. Rest in peace Dick, many others strive to follow the lessons you taught them.

Mike & Pam Smith

July 25, 2021

Sabra & Family, We are so very saddened that we lost such a wonderful neighbor. Though we didn't know Dick long, he was a great neighbor and we always enjoyed speaking with him on so many topics. He certainly was a wealth of knowledge and he enjoyed walking thru the neighborhood as well as riding his bike. We have you in prayer Sabra and pray that you are comforted and can keep his memory alive in the years to come. Heaven gained a great person! God bless all of you in this time of sorrow.

Dick Murphy

July 24, 2021

Sabra: My deepest sympathies to you on the loss of Dick. He was an old friend, teammate, and fellow Army Officer. I shall never forget our chance meeting one day in Phuoc Vinh, Vietnam. We had a good laugh and spent some time catching up. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

Dick Murphy


J. David Willson

July 24, 2021

I knew Dick as an Army officer trying to keep Appropriations Committees informed on Army priorities, as a Congressional Staff colleague, and as my boss at Robison International. We ran together out of the Pentagon gym on many early mornings and had so many animated conversations about current affairs. Over those many years, I remember Dick as a caring and generous friend. Gretchen and I send our condolences to Sabra, Pam, Kim and their families at this very sad time.

Don Allan

July 23, 2021

Dear Sabra and Dick’s family,
We were heartbroken hearing that one of our star Scituate High classmates and alumni had passed away. My wife, Sharon, and I had just visited with Dick and Sabra at their new home this April and had lunch with them that Sabra had prepared. Dick, as usual, talked about all the things that he was involved in or passionate about and also wanted to know what we had been doing since we saw them last year. He seemed fine, no signs of this happening.
I’ve know Dick since 7th grade and even then he was passionate and excited about so many things that it was hard to keep up with him. He was an outstanding student in high school, but his greater interests were relationships and being part of teams, clubs and groups. He and I were on the football, basketball and baseball teams. Of course, because of his height, he was best at basketball.
We have seen him and Sabra every year since 2000, mostly staying in the penthouse suite of the Annapolis house overlooking the water. We went through him struggling with retiring from his business and wondering what I did in retirement because he had a hard time visualizing what he would do. I knew with his passion and varied interests he would be fine and he certainly was, as evidenced by a the people who wrote messages here.
Dick was certainly a star of SHS’58 and, also in his service to his country and community. Rest In Peace my friend, you’ve certainly earned it.
Don Allan, Noank, CT

Dick Smith

July 22, 2021

I was shocked when I heard about Dick.s passing. We were in school together at Scituate High. I remember the night that I was doing my 1st DJ dance at Central school. All of a sudden my Mic died. Dick came up and tried to solve the problem. We couldn't fix it. Dick had also been the school.s 1st DJ. He was a friend and he always attended our class reunions eve though he lived in MD. I and the rest of the class will miss you as well as the town of Scituate. Every time I walk the walkway along the inner harbor I will think of you and what you did to get it built,, R.I.P. my friend. Dick Smith

William Takakoshi

July 22, 2021

My condolences to Sabra and Dick’s Family. I had the honor of working with Dick in the Pentagon in the 80s when Dick was a liaison officer to the Congressional Committee staffers. I also worked with him when he was the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army. Dick was a great mentor and I learned a lot from him. He was a fine officer and a great American. Rest in Peace my friend.

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