Richard C. Albright


Died September 15, 1939 – November 14, 2019,Wayland, Massachusetts

College: Calhoun
Major: American Studies
Graduate School: Harvard Business School, M.B.A., 1964

Widow: Terry Keppel Albright
17 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116-3416
Children: Aaron, 1968; Timothy, 1965; Bear, 1963

Grandchildren: kelsey; kate; benjamin; anna b.; sammy; john; grace; caroline

Richard Dick Charles Albright passed away peacefully on November 11, 2019 following a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He spent his final week surrounded by his loving family at his home in Wayland, Massachusetts. A respected financial adviser and passionate art collector, he was described by everyone who knew him as generous, wise, creative, and a tad mischievous. Dick was born in 1939, the second child of Miriam and John Albright, and grew up on Mars Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio. He majored in American Studies and Economics at Yale University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He met Terry Keppel Albright (1942-2018), his wife and love of his life, on the ski slopes in Stowe, Vermont. They were married in 1961. Together they raised three sons, Bear, Tim, and Aaron in Wayland. Each son moved to San Francisco, met their wives Pam, Sarah and Libby, respectively and moved back to the Boston area. Dick has eight grandchildren Kelsey, Kate, Benjamin, Anna B, John, Sammy, Grace, and Caroline. Since 1964, Dick was a partner at the investment advisory firm Account Management, which focused on investing in small companies. He was on the board of numerous businesses and throughout his career, peers and colleagues valued his wisdom and mentorship. Remembered for his aesthetic sensibility, Dick was inspired as an undergraduate at Yale by Vincent Scully’s class on modern architecture, which kindled his lifelong passion for art. In the 1960s, he became a collector of post-war American fine art and in the 1970s an avid collector of 18th century New England furniture. Noted furniture expert John Kirk dedicated a chapter in his book American Furniture to Dicks collecting style, Ratty: A Case Study, which focused on original patina and celebrated the impact of everyday use on practical objects. His love of architecture and Italy was also reflected in the homes he designed on Cape Cod and in Chile. Dick was involved with many art organizations, most notably as a Trustee for the Yale University Art Gallery and member of the Advisory Board for Skinner Auctioneers. A coffee connoisseur, a practical joker and a lover of stuffed animals, Dick is perhaps best defined by his relationship with his beloved wife Terry. Married for 57 years, they were inseparable and inspired those around them. Dick was a devotee of Terry’s sculpture, and she always played the perfect straight man to Dicks quirky antics. Together they filled their homes in Wayland (the same shingle style house they bought in 1965), in Great Island, Cape Cod, and in Puerto Octay, Chile, with art, joy, and family. Dick will be profoundly missed. Services will be held December 6, 11:30 a.m. at First Parish in Wayland.

Published in The Wayland Town Crier from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5, 2019

I feel very grateful and fortunate for the time and places I have lived and the opportunities and good health that I have had.

Following Harvard Business School, I have been an investment advisor, specializing in small companies, with pretty much the same colleagues and clients since 1964. I have been a director of numerous companies, some successful like Skinner Inc. and, some hanger-ons like EcoHealth [maker of Daminix for Lyme disease], and many failures like Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley. Through a Chilean friend made at Harvard, I have had various business interests in Chile involving land, salmon, and blueberries.

I have been happy in a marriage that has continued to grow for almost 50 years. My wife is a sculptor [] and a very committed grandmother. We live in the same “shingle style” house we bought in 1965. We have three married sons and eight grandchildren, all living in the Boston area and all of whom interact pretty intensively at a summer community on Great Island at Cape Cod. Our sons each majored in Art History in college. After earning MBAs, they all work in finance [Bain Capital, Alydar Capital and Merrill Lynch.] I am very fond and proud of my daughter-in-laws.

My major passion has been for art and architecture. I have built three houses and have been involved with various art organizations. Vincent Scully’s course on Modern Architecture opened my eyes. I will always be grateful to him and to Yale.