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Richard Henry Cardozo

Sarasota, Fla. — Richard Henry Cardozo, formerly of Hanover and Canaan, N.H., died in Sarasota, on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after a brief period of declining health. Dr. Cardozo was born in Woodmere, LI, N.Y., in 1920. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1942 and then entered into service in the US Navy, where he served as an officer, until 1946. He returned to Dartmouth to attend medical school, and then transferred to Cornell where he received his MD in 1950. Following his internship and residency, he was appointed Vice chairman of Surgery at the VA Hospital in White River Junction Vt., as well as Assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School. In 1960, he was appointed to the staff of the Hitchcock Clinic and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, where he performed cardio-thoracic surgery until his retirement in 1985. In addition, he was elected as President and Board Chairman of the Hitchcock Clinic, in 1974, and served in that position until 1983.

After his retirement, he was deeply involved in the N.H. Orchid society, including serving as president. In 2000, he headed to warmer climes in Sarasota, where his passion for botany and orchids took him to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. He was a volunteer there in the orchid greenhouse, also assisting with traveling orchid shows and special events until a few months prior to his death. He was as avid supporter of the arts and attended many performances of the Sarasota Opera, Symphony Orchestra, and plays and other performances at the Asolo Theater.

He is survived by his four children: Dr. Christopher P. of New York, N.Y., Margaret C. Mooers, of Greenland, N.H., R. Hallowell of Palmyra, Maine, and William (Bozo) B. of Sun Valley, Idaho. He was predeceased by his ex-wife, Margaret P. Cardozo; his brothers, Sidney and Benjamin; and his sisters, Claire Imberg and Anne Sonenfield. He has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Richard will be greatly missed by his family, his New England friends, his many friends in Sarasota, and all who shared his passion for life and for the arts. His lively intellect, quick wit and abundant charm were a boon to all who knew him. An adventurer, whether performing cardio-thoracic surgery, crewing on a sailboat across Atlantic, flying a plane or driving one of the first Ferrari’s, Richard was an inspiration to all who knew him and we wish him restful peace. There will be no public memorial.