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Lewes, Delaware August 13, 1959 :
Professor Richard A Shields, age 76, a former superintendent of the Lewes Special School District for almost 20 years, died at his Washington Street home in his sleep early yesterday. His wife found him when he did not rise at his usual time and Doctor Tormet said he had been dead a few hours. He died of a chronic heart ailment but had been in apparent good health when retiring the night before.
Mr. Shields and his family had come to Lewes in 1929 when he was hired as superintendent of Lewes School, where he held a job until 1948. After his retirement he worked for The Antrim Bureau of Philadelphia which furnished educational programs throughout the East and Mid West. He also did research for a national publication, The World Book.
He was born in Allport, Clearfield county, north central Pennsylvania, in 1883, to Alexander and Susan Dale Shields. His father was born in Scotland and mother in Pennsylvania.
He received his early education at Perkiomen School and was a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1912.
Mr. Shields is survived by his widow, former Mary Ann Moyer of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and three children, Richard, born 1916, Lois, born 1918, and Samuel, born 1921. He was born to a family of six sisters and a brother, survived by two sisters, Mrs Carrie Plikington of St Petersburg, Florida and Mrs Roy Detwiler of Detroit.
Richard A Shields is buried in Bethel Cemetery, Lewes, Delaware.

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