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Richard D. See Richard D. See, 70, of both Palm Springs, CA Richard throughout his life. Handpicked by State and Flagstaff, AZ, left this life peacefully in the and local institutions, Richard influenced HIV California home he shared with his loving husband policy and planning milestones concerning public Carl E. Clark on February 20, 2019. Richard was born funding and stigma reduction. This included in Woodlake, CA and spent his early years in Lemon service on the State committee to create the AIDS Cove, CA, both located in the San Joaquin Valley. It Medi-Cal Waiver program, enabling caregivers has been said that observing his beloved father’s to provide home and community based services struggle with chronic illness sparked an interest to low-income residents living with HIV / AIDS, in healthcare early in Richard’s life. He attended as an alternative to nursing facility care or College of the Sequoias, graduating from their hospitalization. Nursing and Allied Health Program as a Licensed He was also a member of the first AIDS Task Vocational Nurse, a credential he applied to his Force at Desert Regional Medical Center which career for four decades. Soon after, Richard moved founded the special care unit; the Inland Empire to Kansas City, MO and then on to Los Angeles HIV Planning Council; several delegations to deepening his nursing skills as a surgical assistant AIDSWatch; and the training team for California’s and honing his talent for administration and Positively Speaking program which equipped leadership duties. people affected by HIV to tell their story in junior After relocating to Palm Springs in the 1980s, Richard joined Desert AIDS Project where he served more than two decades retiring in 2010. He began high and high schools. Often at the end of a very long day Richard remained at the office - with as one of the first nurses and only case manager. Notoriously opening the no hint of waning energy – listening to staff, clients and partners envision how office before sunrise, Richard’s infamous work ethic drove D.A.P. to adapt to improve quality and bolster the cause. through the evolution of HIV treatment and community attitudes toward At one time an active downhill skier and home renovator, Richard was those impacted. Never one to say no, Richard eventually served in many roles at all times the ultimate host and witty observer. His lifelong love of travel is including Director of Social Services, Director of Case Management, Director of remembered most fondly as how he and Carl found one another. The curiosity, Home Care, Director of Patient Support Services, Clinic Administrator, Acting problem-solving skills and open-minded nature that served him so well as Chief Operating Officer, Interim Executive Director, and dependably off and on, a caregiver, manager and activist only fired more intensely when a trip was Clinic Nurse. With no fear or apologetic language, Richard delivered the message of HIV prevention, early intervention and linkage to care for all communities. planned. He truly traveled the world and found special delight when joining academic trips with Carl’s students. As a mentor, Richard’s hope for others was belief in one’s potential to set Perhaps in his most treasured role of health educator, Richard creatively a goal and harness the focus to get there with grace, respect, a little laughter captured the attention of school-age children and U.S. Senators; media and and a lot of style. He taught us you could be both relentless and loving; and an clergy; the young and the aging; fellow healthcare professionals and grieving evening chat over a dish of spaghetti might be all you need to face families. From his staff, Richard demanded excellence, authenticity, loyalty another day. and accountability; he returned it multifold. He had an endless desire to Richard is survived by his husband Carl E. Clark - the one soul who filled innovate outreach and service provision, prioritize wellness programming to Richard with flawless joy - and their beloved toy poodle Krickett- who came compliment medical interventions, and develop of services that reduce stress, in at a close second. He is also survived by two older brothers, Ronnie See of pain, isolation and anxiety. Sparks, NV, and Jim See of Mercer, MO. Richard was preceded in death by his There are numerous accolades and accomplishments attributed to mother Ruth Imogene See and father Howard See, both of Visalia, CA.
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