Richard was a much-beloved professor of accounting for 25 years at Fanshawe College. He was a dedicated and empathetic educator who always went above and beyond to support students, colleagues and Fanshawe. He was well known for his thorough and balanced approach to teaching and for helping students. Richard was a graduate of London Central Collegiate, Western University and the University of Toronto.
“Richard Wright was a much-admired colleague of mine. We worked together for many years teaching accounting to business students in all programs. Richard had the rare gift of being able to connect with first-year students from all programs. All first-year business students must obtain a fundamental knowledge of accounting, but if it isn’t their major, some can find it a real challenge. Richard was able to connect with our first-year students, especially those for whom accounting wasn’t their first love. I recall that he had an unbelievable capacity for patience and understanding. It takes a very special person to build on kindness, trust and respect, thereby nurturing young minds and assisting them along their path to success. I know that there are many students who will remember Richard fondly, as do I.”
Alison Wiseman, Colleague
“Richard had a significant influence on the direction my life ended up taking, providing advice and caring at a time when it was greatly needed. He had the ability to bring out the best in people with honest and frank discussions. He never was in a rush, he took the time to listen and talk through issues patiently and thoughtfully. I will miss him greatly but always will remember his wisdom; kindness and friendship. Rest easy Dick.”
John Wolfe, Former student
To celebrate Richard’s life and his tremendous impact on Fanshawe College, his family is establishing several scholarships to support students in the Accounting Program. All donations from family, friends, former students and colleagues will become part of the Richard Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund at Fanshawe College.
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Fanshawe, it's staff and students were Richard's focus and love for many years.
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