Swampscott, Ma — Richard P. Mayor, 77, died peacefully at his home on Friday, May 9, 2014.
The son of Richard S. Mayor and Lillian (Scannell) Mayor, Richard was born in Lawrence, Mass., on August 2, 1936. There, he attended St. Rita’s Elementary School and Central Catholic High School. He earned an undergraduate degree in engineering from Merrimack College in 1957, and went on to study at Yale University, from which he received a master’s degree in 1960, and a Sc.D. in structural engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962.
He married Marilyn Louise Rush in 1959, and after living in Illinois, Calif., and upstate New York, he settled in Swampscott, where he had lived for the last 43 years. He was a communicant at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a member of the town’s conservation committee, and a one-time candidate for Essex County Commissioner.
During his professional career as a civil engineer, he worked for the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Lincoln Labs, the University of Illinois, Stone & Webster, and Avco, among other firms. He was a member of the Toastmaster’s Club, and enjoyed playing chess with workmates and family.
His wife, children and grandchildren were the center of his life, and the family enjoyed many camping trips and beach vacations, day trips to the Audubon nature preserve, and biking on the Cape Cod rail trail. An avid tennis player, Richard in his later years enjoyed playing “old man’s doubles” with his friends in Swampscott and Marblehead.
Richard is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn (Rush) Mayor, a registered nurse, who was his coach and advocate during his lengthy illness, and his four children, Thomas of Dedham, Tracy (Mayor) and Thomas Schmidt of Hamilton, Eric and Jennifer Mayor of Somersworth, N.H., and Gregory Mayor and his wife, Alison, of San Francisco. He was a loving and proud grandfather to his five grandchildren, Connor and William Schmidt, and Christopher, Isaac and Madeline Mayor, who will miss him greatly.