Richard Blaine Madden

April 27, 1929 – June 25, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA -

Richard B. Madden, a res­i­dent of Ross, Cal­i­for­nia for the past 40+ years, died peace­fully at home, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily on Saturday, June 25, 2016. He is sur­vived by his wife of 58 years, the for­mer Joan Fair­bairn; his son John Madden, wife Francesca and their chil­dren Brooks and Ken­dall; daugh­ter Lynne McDonough, hus­band Paul and sons Conor, Gavin, Luke, and Quinn; daugh­ter Kathryn Pan­des, hus­band John and their chil­dren Evan and Caro­line; son Andrew Madden, wife Anne and sons Gabriel and Se­bas­tian.

Dick was born in Short Hills, New Jersey and grad­u­ated from Prince­ton Univer­sity with a BSE de­gree in 1951. Fol­low­ing his grad­u­a­tion he served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-54 as a LTJG and was head of CINPAC’s Po­lit­i­cal and Eco­nomic In­tel­li­gence Sec­tion. Dick then at­tended the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Law School, where he won Moot Court with his part­ner, was pres­i­dent of his class, and re­ceived his J.D. de­gree. He met his wife Joan at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan and they were mar­ried in 1958.

He be­gan his busi­ness ca­reer with Mo­bil in New York City while at­tend­ing NYU at night, re­ceiv­ing his grad­u­ate busi­ness de­gree and later teach­ing there. Early in his 15 years with Mo­bil, he and his fam­ily moved to Rochester, N.Y. where Dick served as Pres­i­dent of the Mo­bil Plas­tics busi­ness and founded Hefty Bags. He was moved back to New York to be­come Group V.P. of Mo­biI Chem­i­cal and head of the com­pany’s Vir­ginia Carolina Chem­i­cal Corp. He then was moved into fi­nance and be­came As­sis­tant Trea­surer of Mo­bil Oil and Chair­man of Mo­bil Oil Es­tates, Mo­bil’s world­wide real estate busi­ness.

In 1971, Dick, Joan and their fam­ily moved to Ross, Cal­i­for­nia and Dick be­came Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Pot­latch Cor­po­ra­tion, a For­tune 500 com­pany in the for­est prod­ucts in­dus­try. In 1977 he be­came Chair­man and CEO. Dick ran Pot­latch for 23 years. The Cor­po­ra­tion con­sis­tently out­per­formed the S&P 500 and for­est prod­ucts re­turn on in­vest­ment in­dexes through­out this pe­riod.

In 1972, Dick joined the Board of the Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute and served there un­til his death. He was Chair­man of AEI for six years in the 1980’s. Also, in 1972, Dick joined the San Fran­cisco Sym­phony Board. He first chaired the lon­grange plan­ning com­mit­tee that es­tab­lished the need for a sym­phony hall and went on from there to chair and serve on many other com­mit­tees un­til he re­tired in 2014 as a Life Gover­nor.

In the 1980’s, Dick also served on the Boards of the San Fran­cisco Opera, the Fine Arts Mu­se­ums Foun­da­tion Board and the Board of the San Fran­cisco Foun­da­tion. His cor­po­rate di­rec­tor­ships in­cluded URS Cor­po­ra­tion, PG&E, Del Monte Cor­po­ra­tion, Am­fac Cor­po­ra­tion and the Bank of Cal­i­for­nia Ltd. Dur­ing these years, Dick was also on the Board of Di­rec­tors of Ge­orge­town Univer­sity, the Na­tional Parks Foun­da­tion Board, and the Smith-Ket­tlewell Eye Re­search In­sti­tute, as well as serv­ing as a Senior Ad­vi­sor to the Boston Con­sult­ing Group. In 2013, Is­land Her­itage Cor­po­ra­tion pub­lished his chil­dren’s sto­ries “Mene­hune Tales of Hawaii,” which he be­gan while sta­tioned in Hawaii as a young Naval of­fi­cer.

Dick was a Knight of Malta and, fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from Pot­latch in 1994, he be­came ac­tive in the Or­der of Malta which has as its’ pur­pose serv­ing the sick and the poor. He and his wife, Joan, trav­eled to Lour­des in France with sick peo­ple and other mem­bers of the Or­der for 14 years on the Or­der’s an­nual pil­grim­age. On sev­eral oc­ca­sions other mem­bers of their fam­ily went, as well. Dur­ing this pe­riod, Dick served as Hospi­taller for 6 years, founded the Parish Nurse Pro­gram and the Good Sa­mar­i­tan Pro­gram, as well as co­founded the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Clinic. He also served as Pres­i­dent of the Western As­so­ci­a­tion for an­other 6 years. He be­came Vice-Re­gent of the Or­der’s Sub-Pri­ory of Our Lady of Philermo and was awarded the Grand Cross in Obe­di­ence and the Grand Cross of Merit. He of­ten said that the most re­ward­ing as­pect of mem­ber­ship in the Or­der of Malta was help­ing oth­ers in need.

Dick loved sports and travel with his fam­ily. At Portsmouth Abbey School, he earned var­sity let­ters in foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and base­ball as well as cap­tain­ing his senior year bas­ket­ball team. A foot­ball in­jury kept him from par­tic­i­pat­ing in col­lege sports. Later in life he played ten­nis with his wife Joan, and golfed. But fly fish­ing was his pas­sion, one that he shared with his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, teach­ing them the fun­da­men­tals of the sport. He and Joan trav­eled to Alaska, New Zealand, and else­where in pur­suit of the world’s best fish­ing holes, and he be­came a mem­ber of the San Fran­cisco Fly Cast­ing Club, spend­ing many sum­mer days and evenings qui­etly on the Truc­kee River fish­ing for rain­bow and brown trout.

Dick’s travel with Joan was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to him, and they were fas­ci­nated with Asia and the Mid­dle East. In ad­di­tion, in Au­gust of each year, Dick and his fam­ily al­ter­nated three-week va­ca­tions be­tween a western ranch—fre­quently the A-Bar-A Ranch in South­east­ern Wy­oming—and travel to other ar­eas in the main­land U.S. and Hawaii, as well as to what his chil­dren called their Dad’s “ed­u­ca­tional trips” to Europe.

Dick was a mem­ber of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Club in Wash­ing­ton D.C., the Bo­hemian Club, The Villa Tav­erna, and La­gu­ni­tas Coun­try Club.

With all this, Dick found the time to be a lov­ing hus­band and fa­ther to his fam­ily. His wife and chil­dren re­mem­ber fondly his help and advice in projects great and small. He will be sorely missed.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be held at St. Anselm Catholic Church, 97 Shady Lane, Ross, Cal­i­for­nia on Fri­day, July 8 at 11 a.m.

Do­na­tions in Dick’s mem­ory can be made to:

Or­der of Malta - Western As­so­ci­a­tion, USA, 465 Cal­i­for­nia St., Suite 818 San Fran­cisco, CA 94104-1820

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