Richard Wilcox "Dick" Sackett

FatherWalter Morgan Sackett (1885-1975)
MotherRuth G Porter
Richard Wilcox Sackett
Richard Wilcox Sackett in 1951
(Src: Harvard Freshman Red Book)
Richard Wilcox "Dick" Sackett, son of Walter Morgan Sackett and Ruth G Porter, was born in Rochester, Monroe County, New York StateG, on 30 April 1930.1,2 He died aged 80 in Bethesda, Montgomery County, MarylandG, on 10 September 2010.3,4 He married on 15 October 1966, Melodie Carroll.1
     In 1940 Richard was living at Forest Avenue, Evanston, Cook County, IllinoisG, in the household of his parents Walter and Ruth, and was recorded in the census as Richard Sackett, aged nine and born in New York.5
     Dick Sackett grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and attended Evanston Township High School. He graduated with a degree in English literature from Harvard College and a master’s degree in radio, film, and television from Northwestern University. Dick was a keen musician and was especially fond of jazz and barbershop. In college he took up the banjo, and played in several traditional jazz bands in his adult years. His barbershop days began soon after college and continued with longstanding participation in the DC chapter of the Singing Capital Chorus. He was an avid reader, with a particular interest in the history of the First World War, aroused by his father’s war service in France. This interest was also reflected in his stamp collection, specializing in covers of the American Expeditionary Forces. He saw these hobbies as a bridge to his past and a way to pass family heritage on to his children.2,6

 Notes & Citations

  1. Email from Julianne DuBois to Chris Sackett, Oct 2013.
  2. Obituary.
  3. Website Beall Funeral Home (
  4. US Social Security Administration, "Social Security Death Index" (American Ancestors transcript), "Richard W Sackett, b. Apr 30, 1930, d. Sep 10, 2010, SSN 356-24-3456 issued IL, residence Bethesda, Maryland, 20814, county Montgomery."
  5. 1940 United States Federal Census, Roll T627_778, p. 7B, Enumeration District 16-178
    Forest, Evanston Township, Cook, Illinois
    Home rented, $150
    Sackett, Walter, head, 54, married, b. NY, sales mgr, printing, income $5,000+
    Sackett, Ruth, wife, 42, b. MA
    Sackett, Walter Jr, son, 14, b. NY
    Sackett, David, son, 12, b. NY
    Sackett, Richard, son, 9, b. NY
    Sackett, Virginia, dau, 5, b. IL
    Basch, Harriett, maid, 24, b. WI, servant, private home.
  6. "US School Yearbooks" (Ancestry image), year 1951 Kirkland House, "Richard W Sackett, 1022 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois, Evanston Township High School, Matthews 27, Field of concentration English."
Sackett line7th great-grandson of John Sackett of New Haven
ChartsLine 4 (American)
Last Edited31 Oct 2013

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