Richard T. Roberts passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2022, and is now with his Lord and Savior. He is survived by his lovely wife, Elaine; his daughter, Renee; step-daughter, Keira; brother, Tom; brother-in-law, Gus; sister-in-law, Karen; 10 grandchildren;, and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard David, age 31; and his brother, Keith Llewelyn, age 56.
Rick was born in Granville, NY but raised in South Torrance, CA where he attended Torrance High. In 1961 his parents moved back to Jefferson Valley, NY. He was reconnected with his old friends and graduated from Lakeland High School. Rick played soccer, baseball, starred in two plays, wrote for the school paper and was an A.F.S. choice for his school district. He graduated in the top 15% and earned NYS regents scholarship.
Rick graduated from Hartwick College in 1968 with a degree in Russian Language. Drafted on his way to graduate school, he enlisted with his TKE fraternity brother, Geno, for Army Military Intelligence School. Having finished both basic and MI school in April of 69' he was immediately deployed to Munich.
After completing his military service he taught English at the Berlitz language school in downtown Munich across from Glochenspiel. While there, he traveled extensively through Eastern and Western Europe.
He wanted to remain in Europe but was forced home to repay student loans. Rick was rookie of the year for Metropolitan Life in upstate New York. He was not enamored with insurance and began what would be his life long career in pharmaceuticals.
Hi life brought him to New Mexico in 1974. He came without a job and $600.00. Rick was hired on his first interview by Michigan drug company. He started work within one week of arrival. After having traveled the entire state of New Mexico he fell in love with the states incredible beauty, sunshine, food, and wonderful people.
In 1986 he started his own pharmaceutical company with his partner, Greg Bertz. They named the company Robar. In 2012 they sold the company and retired. Rick would say he loved all phases of his life. His Vermont childhood, his college years, his service in Europe and his 48 years in New Mexico. He was passionate about his family, his friends, his faith, and his country.