RICHARD MELVILLE ALFORD
1925 IL – 2009 ID
Photo from Mountain View
LEWISTON MORNING TRIBUNE
Lewiston, Nez Perce Co., ID—8 January 2009
Dr. Richard (Dick) Alford passed away Wednesday,
Jan. 7, 2009, at Lewiston.
Richard Melville Alford was born May 21, 1925,
to Fred E. and Lillie M. Nelson Alford in Waukegan, Ill. He graduated from
Waukegan High School in February 1943, and then entered the University of
Michigan as a pre-med student. During World War II he served in the Navy
College program, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree at Ursinus College in
Collegeville, Pa., in 1945, and entering the University of Michigan Medical
School in October 1945. He graduated from medical school in 1949 and did his
internship at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He went on active duty
again in the Navy with about eight months duty in the Korean Theater. While on
active duty, he met Roberta (Connie) Jean Conrad of Orinda, Calif., on a blind
date in San Francisco.
Following his service in the Navy, he spent one
year in a general practice residency at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago. While
there, he married Connie on Feb. 21, 1953. He was offered a position with one
of the doctors at Ravenswood to enter private practice and accepted. After 14
years of practice in Chicago, and the birth of three children, they decided it
was too crowded and chose to come to Lewiston to get away, going into practice
with Drs. Baldeck and Bond at the Clearwater Valley Medical Center. He was one
of those instrumental in starting the present Valley Medical Center. Dick was
active in the American Academy of Family Practice and served as president of
the Idaho chapter for one year. He was the medical director of the Lewiston
Care Center for 17 years. After 27 years of practice in Lewiston, he retired.
During retirement, he became interested in
genealogy and, with the aid of the Alford American Family Association, was able
to trace his family ancestry back to the 1400s. He later served two years as president
of that association. He also learned that he and "Butch" Alford have
a common ancestor who came to New England in the early 1630s. He was also a
member of the local genealogical society.
Dick was a lifelong Methodist, serving on many
church boards and was one of the founders of the Good Shepherd Methodist Church
in Park Ridge, Ill. His love of God continued in the family's move in 1967 to
Lewiston, where he was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lewiston.
Dick was a dedicated member of The Gideons International and was active in
Habitat for Humanity, Nez Perce County Historical Society and the Lewiston
Foundation of Education Boards. He had a passionate interest in researching the
use of T3 in thyroid medication, settling on the natural desiccated thyroid as
being the alternative to T4. (He delivered more than 700 babies, with only two
being premature). He wrote many letters to the Tribune sharing his beliefs.
He is survived by Connie, his wife of 55 years
daughter Carolyn of Moscow a son, Craig Alford and his wife, Mary, of Renton,
Wash. and a daughter, Merry Warr and her husband, Wayne, of Twin Falls
grandchildren Mark and Jessica Moore of Seattle, Craig Alford, USN, of
Brunswick, Maine, David, Scott and Peter Alford of Renton a brother, Harold
Alford and wife, Edie, of Mountain Home, Ark. cousins Jim LeFebvre and his
wife, Karel, of Santa Rosa, Calif., Gale LeFebvre and his wife, Mary, of Kenai,
Alaska, and Don Johnson and his wife, DeEtte, of Annandale, Va.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m.
Saturday at the Lewiston First United Methodist Church, 1906 Broadview Drive,
Lewiston. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall…. Mountain View Funeral
Home in Lewiston is handling arrangements….
from Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Nez Perce Co., ID—www.findagrave.com
granted by the photographer, Kerry
NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Richard M.
Alford (SS# issued in IL), last residence Lewiston, Nez Perce Co., ID.
Dick was the fifth president of the Alford
American Family Association, serving 1999–2001. He attended every AAFA Annual
Meeting from 1996–2002.
Dick wrote a “Getting to Know”
article about himself that we published in the Spring 2001 issue (#52) of AAFA
For more information about this family, see
AAFA’s published genealogy,
of Benedict Alford and Joan Newton.
His lineage: Richard Melville 1925 IL1,
Fred Eugene 1890 IL2, Ernest Cutler 1861 IA3, Wyllis
Duane 1829 NY4, Orison 1806 NY5, Abner 1767 MA6,
Elijah 1732 CT7, Josiah 1696 CT8, Josias 1649 CT9,
Benedict 1619 England10, Thomas 1598 England11.