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Merlon Foss Richards

Merlon Foss Richards was American diversified technical services company executive. Certified Public Accountant, Illinois. Decorated Bronze Star, Silver Star.


  • Richards, Merlon Foss was born on May 18, 1920 in Farmington, Utah, United States. Son of Ezra Foss and Mertie Malinda (Hunt) Richards.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Utah, 1942. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1947.


    • Public accountant Arthur Andersen & Company, Chicago, 1947-1952. Assistant treasurer to executive vice president Land-Air, Inc., 1952-1959. From vice president to vice chairman, chief executive officer DynCorp International (formerly Dynalectron Corporation), Washington, 1959-1985, board directors, member executive committee, 1971-1988.

      Consulting finance officer Industrial Training Corporation, Herndon, Virginia, 1988-1989. Former director over 20 DynCorp International subsidiary. Member advisory board Sycom Inc., 1986-1988.

      Director Riggs National Bank, 1979-1981.

    Major achievements

    • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Chairman, vice chairman membership, vice chairman-at-large Potomac district National Capital Area council Boy Scouts American, 1989-1998. Public affairs director Washington region Latter Day Saints Church, 1984-1994. Member finance committee Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, 1992-1998.

    Major Field Artillery, United States Army, 1941-1954, European Theatre of Operations. Member Pi Kappa Alpha.


    • Married Caryle Jane Vandenberg, July 18, 1945 (deceased 1994). Children: Craig M., Cathy Jean, Cynthia Jane, Julie Annual.
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    Died October 23, 1998
    (aged 78)
    • 1942
      University Utah
    • 1947
      Harvard University
    • 1947 - 1952
      Public accountant, Arthur Andersen & Company
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1952 - 1959
      assistant, treasurer to executive vice president Land-Air
    • 1959 - 1985
      from vice president, officer DynCorp International (formerly Dynalectron Corporation)
      Washington, United States
    • 1959 - 1985
      chief executive, officer DynCorp International (formerly Dynalectron Corporation)
      Washington, United States
    • 1988 - 1989
      consulting finance officer, Industrial Training Corporation
      Herndon, Virginia, United States
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