Richard Oliver "Ric" Petricig, Ph.D., 65

December 12, 2009

AUG. 18, 1944-DEC. 10, 2009

Richard Oliver "Ric" Petricig, Ph.D., 65, of 112 Pangborn Blvd., Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 18, 1944, in Johnstown, Pa., he was the son of the late Melio and Mona Ruth Arford Petricig Nixon.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie; stepdaughter, Christy Lewis and husband Troy of Hagerstown; stepson, Jason Presgraves and wife Lorraine of Hagerstown; two sisters, Sandy Garland of Robinson, Pa., and Cheryl Simpson of Utah; three brothers, Patrick Petricig of New York, William Nixon and wife Sharon of Robinson, Pa., and Douglas Nixon and wife Tawnia of Bolivar; and his dear friend and cousin Ann Holtzman. "Pup-Pup" was loved and adored by his six grandchildren, Ashley, Tori, Ryan, Myles, Abbi and Graci.


Ric received his Ph.D. in biological oceanography from The University of Rhode Island, and his B.S.E. in Physics and Mathematics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1973. His other education included Shippensburg University, Pa., Pennsylvania State University, Pa., Florida Institute Of Technology in Melbourne, Fla., and Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Millersville University, Pa.

Of several publications, Ric often spoke fondly of his studies and dissertation on bottle nose dolphins and the humpback whale in Bull Creek, Beaufort County, S.C., which helped him receive his Ph.D.

Ric was a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the Atlantic Coastal Dolphin Research Council.

Ric was a teacher in the West Shore School District from 1973-1988. One of his many other work experiences was during the summer of 1996 when he was co-project director for the National Science Foundations' Young Scholars Program in Marine Science for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth at the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island, Va.

After relocating to Hagerstown, Ric worked for Signal Solutions of Frederick Md.

Graveside services will be at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Robert L. Martin will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Md. on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

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