Richard S. Bucy
1935 - 2019
Share
Share Richard's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Richard S. Bucy, professor of Aerospace Engineering, passed away at his Redondo Beach home on November 2nd 2019. Richard was born July 20, 1935 in Washington D.C. to Marie Glinke and Richard Evans. He took the surname of his stepfather Edmond H. Bucy, out of a profound respect he had for him.

While growing up, he attended St. Albans school in Washington D.C. and Boston Latin in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He completed his doctorate studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

Richard taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Colorado at Boulder, before starting his 32 year career at the University of Southern California, in the Graduate Department of Aerospace Engineering. He also was a visiting professor at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France and Techinische Universitat in Berlin, West Germany. He also won the Alexander Von Humboldt prize from the West German government. He was proud of his inclusion in "Who's Who in America" and his IEEE fellowship. Over his career he authored numerous books, papers and contributed to many mathematical journals. Some of his closest relationships were with other mathematicians both internationally and nationally. He also had many long lasting friendships with former students. With the mentoring of Rudy Kalman, he helped contributed to the Kalman-Bucy filter. This mathematical filter was used in many commercial and military applications including the Apollo missions, Space Shuttle, GPS, and other guidance applications. His intellect and curiosity for learning was second to none.

Richard was a connoisseur of food and wine, and had a special affinity for French food and wine. He also loved Mathematics, magic, horses, football, Mercedes Benz cars and his mothers German culture. His favorite quote was "Straight is the Gate, and narrow is the way that leads to righteousness."

He leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Ofelia. Sons Phillip (Theresa) and Erwin (Lisa) and Grandchildren Alaina and Karina.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Alzheimer's Association.


To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Nov. 7, 2019.
MAKE A DONATION
Please consider a donation, as requested by the family.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
10 entries
February 18, 2020
I am very sad to hear of Dick Bucy's death, and offer prayers for him and condolences to his family. I worked with Dr. Bucy when he consulted at Hughes Helicopters in the 1970s. He was a wonderful person and a great inspiration for me to pursue deeper studies. I programmed simulations for him, and we walked the neighborhoods outside Hughes while he smoked his cigars and told stories of life in France. Also met at his house to work, when he lived in Portuguese Bend. May he rest in peace, and perpetual light shine upon him.
David Lucas
Coworker
November 27, 2019
My condolences to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.Matthew 5 :4 those who mourn will be comfort.
Lee
November 9, 2019
November 9, 2019
Math Genius 1960's
November 9, 2019
Math Genius 1960's
November 9, 2019
Lover of horses 1939
November 9, 2019
Lover of horses 1948
November 8, 2019
Goodbye to a wonderful person.

You are missed already.

RIP
Gary Rosenthal
November 8, 2019
I recall Dick from way back in 1953, living in the Burton House dorm at MIT, same floor I was on.

He was always such a happy person, seemed never to have any worries, cheerful, great disposition.

I never saw him angry, he never raised his voice.

He had an abundance of brains, yet he went through life like an ordinary person. He was far, far above ordinary.

I spent many wonderful weekends with him down at his father's mill in Virginia.

We eventually went our separate ways only to meet up again about 15 years ago when he came to Las Vegas for a fountain pen convention. By that time he already had a well-established family and lived several hours away, so we didn't get together too often, much to my regret.

He was such a great guy. I miss him already and I'm sure his family already does too.

I wish his family peace and understanding. Time will soften the blow.
Gary Rosenthal
November 8, 2019
Hoping comfort can be drawn from knowing that your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many during this difficult time.
INVITE OTHERS TO ADD MEMORIES
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences