February 22, 1944 - June 8, 2013
Richard D. Stouffer, 69, passed away June 8, 2013. Born February 22, 1944, Richard served a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Puerto Rico; Columbus, Ohio; and Wilmington, Ohio. While stationed in Wilmington, he met his wife, Dianna.
After his discharge, Richard attended Penn State and then transferred to the University of Kentucky where he earned a bachelor of business administration. After college he took a position at Texas Instruments as a night line supervisor in Versailles, Kentucky. Richard built a substantial career with TI. He started the Supplier Diversity program at TI where he championed many local women and minority-owned businesses. In 2001, after 31 years with TI, Richard retired and ran The Stouffer Group, and continued to actively support the growth and development of women and minority-owned enterprises.
Richard was active in many community organizations and held positions on multiple boards, including past director of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Among the many awards he received for his work were a lifetime Achievement Award from the DFW Minority Business Development Council and a 2012 Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame Award.
Richard had many varied interests and hobbies. He was an avid UK basketball fan, a licensed ham radio operator, a professional photographer, licensed pilot, accomplished cook, and a voracious reader. He will be remembered for his impact on the minority and women-owned business community, his sharp mind, strong opinions, and quick, dry wit.
Richard is survived by his wife Dianna Rannells Stouffer, his children Emily and Douglas Stouffer, his four grandchildren, and his two doting cats.
A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 pm in the Hunt Auditorium of Baylor Sammons Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Baylor Lung Care Center which benefits patient care, staff education, and clinical research.
Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252, 214-306-6700.
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