Richard Ragsdale

Obituary of Richard A. Ragsdale

Richard A. Ragsdale (Dick), 77, of Skillman died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro. Born in Vancouver, Washington, he grew up in Medford, Oregon, and resided most of his life in Skillman. Dick received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University where he was captain of the football team and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl. He subsequently attended Hong Kong University for a year on a Rotary International scholarship. Dick received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, during which time he also played rugby (he was later inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame for rugby). He then served in the U.S. Army for three years before beginning his legal career. Dick was a partner at the law firm of Davidson, Sochor, Ragsdale and Cohen, LLC, located in Skillman and Elmwood Park. His practice focused on commercial litigation, real estate, commercial transactions, and First Amendment law. He was named one of the top First Amendment lawyers in New Jersey in The Best Lawyers in America. Dick was also a member and past president of the Montgomery-Rocky Hill Rotary Club.


Son of the late Lee Verdell Ragsdale and Elizabeth (Crow) Ragsdale, he is survived by his wife of 50 years Cathi (Artandi) Ragsdale; two sons and two daughters-in-law — David and Jennifer Ragsdale of Wilmington, MA, and Daniel and Amy Ragsdale of Brooklyn, NY; »(Do not delete this line. It does not print.  Text that is to appear on web must be entered before this line)a sister, Dana Kramer of Medford, OR; and four grandchildren — Eleanor, Vivian, Catherine, and Charlie Ragsdale.


Funeral Arrangements are private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.



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