KDA Past President Richard Porch 1929-2013

PorchFormer Kansas Dental Association President Dr. Richard Porch passed away this past January.  Dr. Porch served the KDA as president in 1991.

Dr. Richard C. Porch, 83, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He was born November 7, 1929 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Richard and Grace (Fisher) Porch. He attended the University of Tulsa where he earned a Bachelor’s degree and was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He attended School of Dentistry at the University of Missouri of Kansas City. Richard served our country in the United States Air Force stationed in Germany as a dentist. After his military service, he returned to UMKC, earning an oral surgery degree. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann ‘Buzzy’ Clayton on January 25, 1958. They shared over 54 years of marriage. He built a successful dental practice, still in operation. He was a charter staff member of Shawnee Mission Medical Center, where he practiced until his retirement. He was a founding member of the Kansas City Native American Ministry and long-time member of the Indian Council of Many Nations. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; two daughters, Jane Truitt and her husband Jeff; Mary Bessey and her husband Jay; five grandchildren, Damon, Chris, Nick, Jami and Christine.