Richard V. French, a top level spokesperson in Washington, D.C. for West Virginia University and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation succumbed unexpectedly at his home in Arlington, Va. Richard Vaughn French, 51, passed away Wednesday, December 6,2017.

Friends may call at the French Home, 2710 South Hayes Street, Arlington, from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 422 Neville Street, Beckley, at noon Sunday, Dec. 17.

As proud native West Virginians, Rick and Jamie endowed a West Virginia University scholarship in honor/memory of both of their parents. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made in Rick’s memory. Checks payable to the WVU Foundation, with French-Hart Family Scholarship 3Z287 on the memo line, may be sent to One Waterfront Place, 7th Floor, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507.

Donations may also be made to Second Chance Animal Rescue of Puerto Rico at

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