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Richard J. Neal January 21, 1929 - July 3, 2022

Richard J. Neal

Richard Joseph “Dick” Neal, age 93, passed away on July 3, 2022.

Dick was born January 21, 1929, in Chillicothe, Ohio to George and Marie Neal (nee Ziegler). He was married August 8, 1953, in Parkersburg, WV to Nancy Neal (nee Ross), who preceded him in death in 2020. They met working at Procter and Gamble, Miami Valley Laboratories in Cincinnati. They attended Mass at Twin Towers, as residents.

 Surviving are one son, Richard Paul “Rich” Neal. Two grandsons, Paul Richard Cencula and wife Lindsey, of Cincinnati, Joseph Richard Neal and wife Madeline Schmidt, of Cincinnati; three granddaughters, Laura Smart and husband Brandon, of Olean, Indiana; Maria Staudigel and husband Brett Reder, of Cincinnati, Bethany Shigemitsu and husband Syota, of Los Angeles, California; four great-grandsons, Elijah, Quinn and Zechariah Smart and Rodrick Joseph Neal; one brother, Robert Neal and wife Judy, of Cincinnati; one sister, Patricia Neal Utz of Cincinnati. Also survived by nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was also preceded in death by his brother George, a daughter, Barbara Ann Staudigel (Rick) & a daughter in law, Pamela Fleckenstein Neal.

Dick was a 1947 graduate Roger Bacon HS, an Air Force veteran during the Korean War & a 41-year employee of Procter & Gamble where excelled in the field of microscopy. As a technician in the microscopy lab, armed only with his HS diploma and “just a few science and math night school courses at UC” (via the GI bill) he made a significant & enduring discovery.

During his extensive analysis of dental enamel using electron microscopy, (Crest & Gleem toothpaste!) he observed & recorded a finding that had not previously been noted in the scientific literature relative to the structure of dental enamel. P & G’s subsequent research & work-up of the finding, proposed a new dental enamel model that significantly differed from the existing model. The new model was overwhelmingly embraced by the scientific community & today remains as the enduring and accepted model. Due to his lower tiered status as a lab technician, he received a lesser portion of the recognition for the resultant conclusion. Nevertheless, he felt a lifelong satisfaction that what had produced a change in scientific knowledge, began with his empirical finding. He fondly referred to it as his “15 minutes of fame”!

Despite his Irish heritage, red hair, and freckled skin he was active & impactful, in the 1970s, with the local chapter of the NAACP & lectured on aspects of race relations.

He also enjoyed amateur community theatre with his wife, national & international travel & the pursuits of his children, their spouses, and grandchildren. He enjoyed local sports teams, auto racing, the outdoors, especially fishing, as well as golf, tennis, and hunting. HIs life was fulfilling & contributory & all who knew him will remember his journey as such.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. (Follow the blue line, to the left once you enter the cemetery gates)

Funeral service for Richard Neal will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 1:30 PM at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with burial to follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Twin Towers Senior Living Community, https://lec.org/; Visiting Angels Cincinnati West, https://www.visitingangels.com/cincinnatiwest/home or Hospice of Cincinnati, https://hospiceofcincinnati.org/

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Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. (Follow the blue line, to the left once you enter the cemetery gates)

Funeral service for Richard Neal will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 1:30 PM at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with burial to follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens.

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