Richard William Gurich, M.D.

February 2, 1955December 10, 2012

Richard William Gurich, M.D., 57, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama passed away Monday, December 10, 2012 at DCH Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Orrville, Ohio to Richard and Lois Gurich. He attended Bethany College, where he was honored with a plaque as the Outstanding Chemistry Student of 1977, which still hangs today in the Chemistry Department. He then graduated summa cum laude, with a degree in Chemistry. Dr. Gurich then went on to graduate from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, obtaining his medical degree in three years. He completed his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University, and completed fellowship training in Nephrology at the University of California-San Francisco. It was during his time at Northwestern that he met and married his wife of 29 years, Joyce Conway.

Dr. Gurich held a faculty appointment at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas for 9 years. During this tenure, he ran two research labs, evaluating the role of the kidneys in blood pressure control. In addition to research, he performed clinical duties as an attending physician, and participated in medical resident education/training. He then moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to enter into private practice. He was a partner at Tuscaloosa Nephrology Associates/Tuscaloosa Home Dialysis for 18 years, providing dialysis and medical care to patients in West Alabama. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Northport DCH in 1999. Dr. Gurich volunteered his time to provide Renal lectures to medical students at University of Alabama School of Medicine-Tuscaloosa Program, during their rotations at DCH Regional Medical Center. Dr. Gurich always said that teaching was the best part of his job.

Rich stayed active throughout his entire life. He loved to play golf and tennis, devoting most of his evenings to playing in various men’s leagues. He became active in the Tuscaloosa Tennis Association, forming many friendships during this time. He’ll always be remembered for his one-handed backhand and frustrating second serve. When not on the tennis court, Rich loved to be around the dinner table with his family and two dogs.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Joyce, his beloved two children, Trey and Jill, his loving daughter-in-law, Dianna Thomas Gurich, and his two faithful dogs, Sophie and Sadie. Also surviving him are his parents, Richard and Lois, his sisters, Nancy and Susan, his brother Dale and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be James M. Conway, John G. Conway, John Morgan Stephens IV, Mark Andrew Scogin Jr., Dan H. Schulze, Gary Ramdeen M.D., Reiner Goers, and James Mannah.

Honorary pallbearers are Tuscaloosa Nephrology Associates, Tuscaloosa Home Dialysis, DaVita Dialysis, Drs. Givhan, McKenzie and Lake, all DCH physicians and staff, the Tuscaloosa Tennis Association, and lastly, all of his patients.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dr. Richard William Gurich Memorial Fund at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Donations can be sent to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 650 Clinic Drive, Mobile, Alabama 36688.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 at First Wesleyan Church from 6 to 8 PM. A Celebration of Life will be held 11 AM Friday, December 14, 2012 at First Wesleyan Church.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 13, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 14, 2012

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Anne and Kathleen

December 8, 2013

Thinking of you all as Rich's first anniversary approaches. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. x

Gary Winey

August 12, 2013

To the family,

Sorry for the belated entry but I no longer live in Orrville. We had our 40th high school reunion this last weekend and that is when I heard about Rich. He was one of the guys I was going to look for that night.

Mrs. Gurich, I don't know if you remember me after all these years, but I enjoyed being in a couple of your English classes during high school.

December 30, 2012

Eli and I were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cindy and Eli Howell

Regina Hughes

December 20, 2012

My heart goes out to the Gurich Family.Dr.G will surely be missed.Such a caring doctor @ person...Patient since 2010..Regina Hughes

Quinton Spencer

December 19, 2012

Dr. Gurich was a great doctor. He took care of both my parents, an aunt and now myself. He will surely be missed

Coni (Cline) Garver

December 18, 2012

To the whole Gurich Family, I am sending my sincere condolences. Richard was a classmate at Orrville High School and his mother was one of my favorite teachers. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

December 16, 2012

To: The Gurich Family,I Was So Very,Very Sorry, To Hear About My "Wonderful Kidney Doctor,"He Will Be Greatly,Missed!You All Have My Condolences!Please! Take Care Of Each Other!Mrs.Ada M.Lowe(Northport,Ala.)

Mark Binnig

December 15, 2012

I never knew Richard, but I remember when he was born-- Mrs. Gurich went on maternity leave when I was in 7th grade. I know I have lost touch, except for seeing Dick at a CARE meeting in Montville. My deepest sympathy.

Spencer Bloom

December 15, 2012

My sincere condolences to Joyce, Jill, and Trey and the rest of the Gurich Family for the the sudden loss of Rich. I remember first meeting him in the '70s when he and Joyce came over for a bbq. He explained my carpal tunnel symptoms to me. I remember the wedding in Orville, OH and meeting his family. And I remember stopping by on a driving trip that took us near Tuscaloosa in recent years... all fond memories of a very good person, taken from us way too soon.

Spencer Bloom, DDS


December 15, 2012

Rest in Peace, Richard. On Earth, we have lost a wonderful doctor, husband, father, neighbor and friend. Heaven has surely gained an angel. We remember so many things, and we pray for Joyce, Jill, Trey and Diana. You are missed.