Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 10, 2018
Richard B. Westbrook
Richard Westbrook Passed away peacefully on
September 5, 2018 (age 87), in his home in Washington,
DC, with his children by his side.
He was the loving father of a son and daughter,
Richard H. Westbrook (Julia) and Catherine J.
Westbrook (Bill). He was blessed with three
grandchildren, Seneca, Paige and Quinn.
He was born September 19, 1930 in Minneapolis, MN to Robert B. Westbrook and Jane
Howe Westbrook. He moved to Washington at age 9. He graduated from Western High
School in 1949 and Wilson Teachers College in 1954 and received a MS from
University of Wisconsin in Geography in 1956.
He served in the DC Air National Guard and the US Air Force. He worked as a city
planner for both the National Capital Planning Commission and Arlington County. He
loved DC and spent most of his adult life in Southwest Washington, where he was an
active member of the community, which included serving as an ANC commissioner.
After retiring, Richard became a licensed Washington, DC tour guide. He loved sharing
the beauty of DC with the city's many visitors. An avid photographer, he enjoyed
documenting the evolution of the city and the people in it.
Services and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Capital Caring (Hospice), 2900 Telestar
Court, Falls Church, VA 22042. www.capitalcaring.org
DeVol Funeral Home
2222 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007