Richard (Dick) F. Falcon, director of custodial services for the Boston
University Physical Plant, died unexpectedly at his home in Milford, Mass.,
on January 27. He was 56 years old and had worked at BU for 10 years.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Born in North Adams, Mass., in 1947, Falcon was a 1970 graduate of North
Adams State College, where he received both a bachelor’s and a master’s
in education. He began his career as a teacher in the North Adams public
schools. He later served as vice principal of the Franklin Vocational
Technical School in Turners Falls, Mass., and also coached varsity football
in North Adams.
After leaving Franklin Vocational, Falcon worked for several years at
Amherst College as assistant director of the physical plant. He came to
BU in November 1992 as assistant director of custodial services. He was
promoted to associate director in 1997 and to director in January 2001.
Falcon exemplified the philosophy of the Physical Plant -- that teamwork
is the best way to accomplish goals -- and his dealings with other departments
on campus personified this philosophy. Falcon’s management skills,
patience, and desire to improve the University were invaluable assets
to the Physical Plant and benefited the whole community. He was instrumental
in forming a group of fellow managers focused on working together to serve
the University. He will be remembered for his outstanding professionalism,
creative problem-solving, caring attitude, constant good humor, and most
important, his wonderful smile.
In addition to his wife, Geraldine, who works in the Office of Residence
Life, he leaves two sons, four grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces