-AUG. 2, 2007
SMITHSBURG - Richard H. Babylon, 78, of Smithsburg, died Aug. 2 three days after his 52nd wedding anniversary.
Dick was a Hagerstown native, the son of Evelyn L. Minnich and William H. Babylon.
After graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1946, Dick pulled a two-year hitch in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands for one year. While in the Army, Dick learned the fundamentals of mechanical engineering. After his discharge, he studied at Milwaukee School of Engineering and Indiana Tech and earned a master's degree from Syracuse University.
While working for Carrier in Syracuse, he met Dolores Hummell, whom he married on July 30, 1955. Dick held mechanical engineering and management positions for companies in New York, Texas, Maryland and Pennsylvania, including Carrier, Fairchild, Frick and Pangborn.
The growing family returned to Hagerstown in December 1958, then, in 1969, moved into the dreamhouse in Smithsburg he designed himself. Dick and Dolores raised six children (and other animals, including Brandy, the beloved St. Bernard).