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Richard B. McCormick, founder of accounting firm, WWII vet; Dec. 1, 1921 -- June 15, 2012

Richard B. McCormick, a founder of the Lumsden & McCormick accounting firm and a World War II veteran, died Friday in his Amherst home. He was 90.

Born in Queens, Mr. McCormick served on liberty ships during World War II after earning his commission from the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. After the war, he joined the Navy Reserve. He also was a graduate of Fordham University.

In 1958, Mr. McCormick moved with his wife and children to the Buffalo area, where he partnered with Charles Lumsden to found the accounting firm that bears their names. He retired in 1987 but continued working until recently.

As a career intelligence officer with the Navy Reserve and member of the Navy League, he promoted military service and helped launch the Buffalo Sea Cadet program in the 1960s. Mr. McCormick also assisted students and budding entrepreneurs, helping to establish a program through the UB Foundation that partnered them with successful businessmen and academic advisers. In 2011, he was honored with the Midway Club's Legends award in recognition of his lifelong professional and community contributions.

A longtime Town of Aurora resident, Mr. McCormick never owned a television set, instead choosing to indulge in many hobbies, including his membership in the Caledonian Bagpipe Band. He also carved walking sticks and crafted beaded headbands and silver jewelry.

At the age of 65, Mr. McCormick hiked the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. Mr. McCormick also walked the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago in Spain with his wife of 60 years, the former Stephanie Jewitt. She died in 2004.

He was a member of St. George's Catholic Church in West Falls and frequently attended Temple Beth Zion synagogue on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

Survivors include his wife of six years, the former Lindy Korn; and four daughters, Elizabeth Scalia, Caitlin Gilmeister, Rebecca McCormick-Boyle and Rachel Hazen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. George's Church, 74 Old Glenwood Road, West Falls.

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