J. David Richen, 76, died Oct. 25. The family plans a small, private service.
Mr. Richen was born in Portland Feb. 6, l940, to Raymond Richen and Eleanor Doherty Richen. He attended St. Thomas More Grade School and Lincoln and Wilson High Schools. He attended the University of Oregon and received a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He and Mary Susan Berg married and moved to Berkeley, California, where he worked in the San Francisco area. He studied and received a master’s degree in city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley. After returning to Portland, Mr. Richen became a founding partner of SRG Partnership, worked in the Portland Planning Department and then taught architecture at Portland State University. He was awarded the Ion Lewis Fellowship for travel, and with his family traveled and documented waterfront and public use spaces in 16 countries. His love of church work, particularly Cistercian Monasteries, resulted in numerous renovations and original church designs in this area and across the country. He was able to work until three weeks before his death.
Mr. Richen is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Susan Richen, children John Richen, Amy Eastman and Mary Ann Clark and their spouses; three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Donations in David's memory can be made to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, 9200 NE Abbey Rd., Carlton, 97111.