OBITUARY

Richard Louis Cole

January 25, 1946January 8, 2017
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Richard L. Cole was born January 25, 1946 in Dallas, TX. A long-time resident of Arlington, TX, he passed away at home on January 8, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Benavides Cole; his children, Jonathan Cole and wife Emily, Ashley Cole, and Carina Souflée; and his brother Randal Cole and wife Erica.

Richard is remembered for his keen intellect, compassionate character, and dedication to public service. He was a proud graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School class of 1963, and an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts Troop #60. Richard earned both BA and MA degrees from the University of North Texas in 1967, 1968 and a PhD in political science from Purdue University in 1973.

He was a professor at UT Arlington from 1980 to his retirement in 2016 where his work focused on federalism, intergovernmental relations, and public policy. He served as Dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) at UT Arlington from 1980 to 2008. While serving as Dean of SUPA he was also Interim Dean for the School of Social Work from 1996 to 1998 and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 2001 to 2003. From 1973 to 1979 he held an associate professorship at George Washington University. He also held positions as a visiting research scholar at Yale University and UT Austin, as well as a Fulbright Scholar at Queen’s University Belfast. Richard was a prolific writer. He published 10 textbooks, over 80 journal articles, and numerous opinion editorials critiquing national and state public policies that endanger the rights of the most marginalized and disenfranchised in our society.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance. The website is https://secure2.convio.net/cca/site/Donation2?df_id=1420&1420.donation=form1

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 14, 2017

Memories

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Trudy de Goede

June 15, 2017

My condolences to Richard's family and colleagues. I worked with him in my capacity as a UTA librarian for some years. He was a wonderful colleague and a dedicated scholar.

Joseph Portugal

January 15, 2017

Dr Richard Cole was a source of inspiration and a shining example of a gentleman and scholar to me personally. He was an incredible teacher and a personal friend to all students at the Institute of Urban Studies. I owe a tremendous debt of appreciation to him and to his belief in my ability to complete my doctoral study. I will always treasure the association with him through my experiences at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at UTA.

January 14, 2017

I treasure the last communication I had with Richard last fall. It was a loving and sensitive communication from a mature and beautiful human being. I feel fortunate to be related to him. My deepest sympathy to all who love him.
Julie Steely

Joanne Lovito-Nelson

January 13, 2017

Norma,

Carl and I were deeply saddened when we heard about Richard. Our prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. God bless you always.

Joanne

Mark Rosentraub

January 13, 2017

I have lost a very good friend and colleague and the academic world has lost a leading light. Richard will be missed for his leadership, is judgement, and his keen sense of insight. I wish our lives were organized so that we could have spent more time together. I left UTA in 1987 and always missed him. I shall now enjoy the memories of his friendship and a colleague he meant a great deal to me.

Mark Rosentraub
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Marcy Sanders

January 13, 2017

Norma, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Richard. He was a great person. So glad we got to see you last year at the Stock Show and actually had time to sit and talk! You and the family will be in my prayers in the days and weeks ahead.
Love, Marcy

fritz wagner

January 13, 2017

Richard and I were good friends. We worked together on various university projects over the many years I was at the University of New Orleans. He was a fine academic and wonderful person. He did good things for UTA during his tenure as Dean. I will miss him. Fritz Wagner

Margaret Thomas-Mouton

January 13, 2017

I knew Richard mostly through Norma. She portrayed him as a kind, loving, giving man and a wonderful husband. In my interactions with him, he seemed, very intelligent and full of
insight. His comments were sharp but thoughtful,and compassionate. His kind, genuine influence will be missed by many. My sympathies to his family and friends. In this time of sorrow may God grant you peace.

Elizabeth Pechacek

January 12, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the Cole family. I grew up a couple of streets over from Richard and went to school from 3rd grade through high school with Richard and was so sorry to hear of his passing away. Liz Bardin Pechacek (Axtell, Tx.)

Carolyn

January 12, 2017

Although I didnt know richard, I just wanted to tell the family and friends how sorry I am for the loss of your loved one. Please know that your family will be in my prayers. (John 11:1-44)

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