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Richard Koch

Richard Koch was American pediatrician, educator. Achievements include research in mental retardation, phenylketonuria and maternal PKU phenyl Ketonaria, Kuvan Therapy. Recipient Albert L. Anderson award for outstanding health care professional, 1997, Homer Smith Research award, 1998; Carrie D. Jones scholar, University California, Berkeley, 1941.


  • Koch, Richard was born on November 24, 1921 in North Dakota, United States. Son of Valentine and Barbara (Fischer) Koch.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University California, Berkeley, 1958. Doctor of Medicine, University Rochester, 1951.


    • Member staff Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, 1952—1975, 1977—2003, director child development division, 1955-1975. Deputy director California Department Health, 1975-1976. Professor pediatrics University Southern California, 1955—1975, 1977—2003.

      Director Phenylketonuria Collaborative Study, 1966-1982. Medical director Spastic Children's Foundation, Los Angeles, 1980-1985. Member Project Hope, Trujillo, Peru, 1970.

      Director Regional Center for Developmentally Disabled at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, 1966-1975. Member research advisory board National Association Retarded Citizens, 1974-1976. Member Governor's Council on Development Disabilities, 1981-1983.

      Board directors Down's Syndrome Congress, 1974-1976. Principal investigator Maternal Phenylketonuria Project National Institute Child Health and Human Development, Washington, 1985-2003. Member forensic assessment team South Central Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities, since 1999.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research in mental retardation, phenylketonuria and maternal PKU phenyl Ketonaria, Kuvan Therapy.


    • Author: (with James Dobson) The Mentally Retarded Child and his Family, 1971, (with Kathryn J. Koch) Understanding the Mentally Retarded Child, 1974, (with Felix de la Cruz) Downs Syndrome, 1975. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member American Association on Mental Deficiency (president 1968-1969), American Academy Pediatrics, Society for Study Inborn Errors Metabolism, Society Inborn Metabolic Disorders, Sierra Club (treasurer Mineral King task force 1972).


    • Married Kathryn Jean Holt, October 2, 1943. Children: Jill, Thomas, Christine, Martin, Leslie.
    • father: Valentine Koch
    • mother: Barbara (Fischer) Koch
    • spouse: Kathryn Jean Holt
    • children: Jill Koch
    • Thomas Koch
    • Christine Koch
    • Martin Koch
    • Leslie Koch
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    Born November 24, 1921