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Richard D. Pickens

Richard D. Pickens

Richard D. Pickens, owner of a Crofton interior design firm who lived in Union Square, where he served as president of the Friends of the H.L. Mencken House, died Tuesday of stomach cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

He was 50.

"I was dumbfounded when I got the news about Richard's death. It was like a bolt out of the blue," said Harry R. Lord, a retired partner in the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury.

"Richard was really the lifeblood of the Mencken House for all these years. He had the respect of everyone who was concerned with the building. He had the trust of everyone," said Mr. Lord, who is head of the Society to Preserve H.L....