Dr. Richard Branton

  • Born: January 12, 1936
  • Died: October 15, 2018
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall

2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008

Tel. (610) 356-4200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father and Grandfather

Branton 1936~2018

Dr. Richard G. Branton, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania passed away on October 15, 2018 at the age of 82. He was the loving and dedicated father to five children with Anne Taylor Branton, three sons Richard (Diana), Robert (Lorraine), and Roger (Denise) and two daughters Vivian (Brad) and Sharon (Shawn).
Dr. Branton was also a loving grandfather to Jeremy, Krystal, Vanessa, Nicole, McKenzie, Julia, Robbie, Dean, Kaylyn, Drew, Megan, Angelina, and Dominic. Daughter Vivian preceded his death at age 53 on April 11, 2012. Dr. Branton was also preceded in death by his parents, Leroy, Sr. and Angelina (Troilo), his brothers Leroy, Jr. and Ken Branton.

Dr. Branton received his undergraduate degree from West Chester University, his masters degree from the University of Delaware and his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Branton came to the Mathematics Department at West Chester University in 1962 and served there for the next 46 years, retiring with Professor Emeritus distinction in May 2008. While at West Chester, he served as Chairperson of the Department during 1970-1977 and 1999-2008, and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1977-1982. As Chairperson, Dr. Branton helped the department develop new undergraduate degree programs in computer science, applied mathematics and graduate programs in pure mathematics and statistics. As Provost, the University put in place: tenure policy, summer school policy, sabbatical leave, promotion policy and a liaison agreement with the Alumni Association. During his tenure, the University strengthened its support for faculty research, the Women's Center, the Honors program, and the Pre Professional Program. He and several of his colleagues are credited for establishing the College of Arts and Sciences as the core of the University. The well being of the students was his overriding tenant of his career both as a professor and administrator.

Dr. Branton was an accomplished carpenter, enjoyed reading, cooking, spending time at the beach and was an avid racquetball and squash player.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10:00am at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Donations in his memory can be made to West Chester University Foundation, P.O. Box 541, West Chester, PA 19381, with a notation to the benefit of The Mathematics Endowment.



Condolence & Memory Journal


Uncle Ritchard was a wonderful person to his nephew Mac.He took him under his wing like a father figure, as a dear uncle, and friend . His clear headed solid advice for Mac was always out of his deep love and concerns.We loved how Uncle Ritchie always ended each conversation no matter how serious with a funny joke to laugh with. Many, many fond holiday memories together with our dear Uncle Ritch. With love, we will always remember you.

Posted by Denise Branton - West Chester, PA   October 21, 2018

Dear Diana and Richard,so sorry for the loss of Your Father my thought and prayers are with you both and the Branton Family.

Posted by Rita Liberati - Broomall, PA - Family   October 19, 2018

Richard was a remarkable brilliant shining personality, with great humor; intellectually curious about everything under the stars. He was the finest professor my wife and I ever had. Richard touched the lives of so many students and people around him and made major contributions to West Chester University, it's faculty, and students. No doubt the smartest mind I have ever met, and having a smile that lighted up any room..My wife, Rose, and I extend our deepest sympathies to family..Few people pass thru this life like Dr. Richard Branton...Barry & Rose Dozor

Posted by Barry Dozor - Broomall, PA - Student   October 17, 2018

May your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of all the joyous times you spent together. Hoping your family will find comfort in the words of the Apostle Peter at 1 Peter 5: 6 and 7.

Posted by Priscilla Lynch - Philadelphia, PA   October 17, 2018

Sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" strengthen your family during this difficult time (Isaiah 61:1,2)

Posted by T W    October 17, 2018

Please accept my sincere condolences and take comfort and strength through Ps.29:11.

Posted by A friend   October 17, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with the Branton family during this difficult time. May the many memories of your Richard provide some comfort.

Posted by Steve Windmuller - Salisbury, MD - Friend   October 17, 2018


I remember sharing good times with Richard in Philly, dining and enjoying the tour of some beautiful and historic buildings there. A quick mind, a congenial, handsome guy...you will be missed, Richard.
Joanne and Dr. Ronald Silver

Posted by Joanne Silver - PA - Friend   October 16, 2018

Eternal Memory!

Posted by John Weaver - Harrisonburg, VA - Coworker   October 16, 2018

May God bless the Branton family in the passing of Richard! May the peace of comfort of the Lord be upon you! With deepest sympathies, Marie and Charlie Mohr

Posted by Marie Mohr - Little River, SC - Family Friend   October 16, 2018

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