Dr. Richard Taylor Messick died peacefully on May 7, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. He was 87 years old. He is survived by Violet McDowell Messick, his high school sweetheart and wife of 65 years. Born in Ashville, Ohio on September 25, 1927, he graduated from Ashville High School in 1945 and was a member of the "Team of '45." His senior year he was voted "All-Ohio" in basketball. Richard graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in 1950 and the Ohio State College of Medicine in 1953. He received a M.S. from The University of Minnesota, and completed a fellowship in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in 1957. He returned to Columbus, Ohio and practiced medicine with The Central Ohio Medicine Group for 35 years. During his professional career he was a Clinical Assistant Professor with the OSU College of Medicine, a member of the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Association and the Columbus Academy of Medicine. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Kappa and the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. Richard belonged to the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians and was a fellow with the American Board of Rheumatology. He belonged to The Doctors Mayo Society, The Plummer Society and The Philip Hench Society through The Mayo Clinic while also serving on The Mayo Alumni Board from 1977-1980. Richard was a member of The Ohio State University's President's Club, the Great Lakes Historical Society, the American Radio Relay Society, Covenant Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Board of Trustees with Scioto Country Club.
Richard spent many summers on Manitoulin Island, Canada. He loved boating and fishing and spending time with his Canadian friends. In addition to Vi, Richard is survived by four children, Michael (Gail) Messick, Patricia (Lindley) Burns, Molly (Mark) Miely, and George (Genevieve) Messick; grandchildren, Mary (John) Pitts, Dana (Brian) Ledyard, Ellen (Kevin) Essex, Troy Messick, Sara, Jayne, and Matthew Miely, Layne, Katherine and Hope Burns and Clare, Emily, and Gretchen Messick. He is also survived by great grandchildren, Lavinia and Hatcher Pitts, Benjamin and Mason Ledyard and Sean Essex and his cousin, Chuck Messick. Grateful thanks to Dr. Geoffrey Vaughan and Dr. Albert Kolibash for their many years of kind care. The family would appreciate donations be sent to the Ashville Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Attn: Patricia Southward Ashville Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, 125 Maple Street, Ashville, OH 43103.