Richard Maxwell (Dick) Cober - a long-time Californian and most recently a resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia - passed away September 23, 2018 at the age of 77. In his final days he was surrounded by his loving family and the spirit of many friends who were sending healing thoughts and prayers his way.
Dick was born July 28, 1941 in Des Plaines, Illinois to Bill and Fae (Case) Cober and was the second of five children. As a child, he was known for his studiousness and athleticism as well as his love of animals. He would do his homework with a pet rabbit wrapped around his neck and displayed a work ethic that led him to excel in his studies and athletics and which he carried throughout his life. Dick left Des Plaines to study at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kingspoint where he graduated with honors and swam inter-collegiately. His years at Kingspoint were formative to the man and professional he became. He spent five years at sea after leaving Kingspoint, much of that time spent in the South Pacific during the Vietnam War. Dick continued to serve in many capacities with Kingspoint’s alumni association throughout his life including a post as Treasurer for more than a decade and then President of the Los Angeles USMMA alumni chapter. He received an award for his service from the Academy on the occasion of his 40th reunion in 2003.
His Merchant Mariner adventures ended on a dock in Northern California. He enrolled in UC Berkeley where he earned his MBA while getting his pilot license and starting a small flight charter business. He met Regina (Reggie) Noonan whom he married in 1973. Together, they had three children – Richard, Jason, and Elizabeth – whom they raised in Northern and Southern California. The responsibilities of children brought Dick’s flying career to an end and he entered the dynamic world of commercial real estate development. In 1981 he joined Tooley & Company in Los Angeles and was involved in developing some of Southern California’s most notable commercial real estate projects from Wilshire Palisades, to 2 Rodeo in Beverly Hills, to the Jamboree Center in Irvine. Dick was known by those who worked with and for him as an intelligent, funny, humble, and wise leader whose composure and leadership was exemplary, whether dealing with a complex owner issue, a broken HVAC, or generally coaching and guiding his team.
In 2016, Dick and Reggie moved to Fredericksburg to be closer to their children and grandchildren. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, often taking his granddaughters to school, practice, and attending school functions. Dick is survived by his wife Reggie of 44 years and three children Richard (wife Alana and children Makenzie and Avery), Jason (wife Becky), and Elizabeth (husband Sam and children Brooks and Sloane) as well as his sisters, Beverly (husband Joe), Evelyn (husband Bill deceased), Jacklyn (husband Mark deceased), and Sharon (husband Ron).
Dick’s legacy is the compassion, civility, and optimism that he passed to everyone he met. He will be missed by many and forgotten by none. As noted when he received his award from Kingspoint, he lived his life exemplifying the best tradition of the Corps “Acta Non Verba.”
Dick’s life will be celebrated during a memorial service in Southern California that is currently being planned for early November. Memorial contributions may be made to Loyola High School in Los Angeles (https://www.loyolahs.edu/gifts-in-memoriam/ - note the donation is in memory of Dick Cober), an educational institution Dick believed in and entrusted to the education of his sons.