Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 28, 2020
Richard L. Durst
On January 31, 2020, Richard L. Durst of Canton, Georgia and Sanibel
Island, Fl. (formerly of Potomac, Maryland) passed away from cardiac
arrest due to complications of cancer.
Dick was born in Washington, DC in 1930. He attended McKinley High
School (1947) in D.C., the University of Maryland and graduated from
Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bessie Bay Johnson and Vernon Durst, his son, Bradley
Conrad Durst, and his brother, Harold Durst.
Dick is survived by his loving wife, Joanne (Siehler) Durst, his sons, Jeffrey Durst (Jeanne
Boos) and Steven Durst (Catherine Hodges), his daughter-in-law, Robin (Faller) Durst, his
sister, Louise Russell and his grandchildren, Bethany Durst, Brandy Durst, Maggie Durst and
Hunter Durst. After his initial career in the research and development business, he developed
property in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. He was an avid collector of antiques. He
was a decorated Korean War Combat Infantry Officer.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.