James C. Richdale Jr. ’40 died on December 2, 2008, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He was born April 1, 1918, in Providence, R.I., and graduated from Melrose (Mass.) High School. He spent one year at Roanoke College in Virginia before enrolling at Bowdoin, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. He married Regina Nixon in 1951. He spent his career in broadcasting, starting as an advertising salesman at WMTW radio. From 1945 to 1949, he was director of sales at Yankee Network in Boston, and then worked for five years as a sales executive at Edward Petry Co. in New York before moving into corporate positions. From 1954 to 1958, he served as vice president and general manager of KOTV in Tulsa, and then moved to Houston, where he was vice president and general manager of KHOV-TV for 10 years. He was president of Corinthian Broadcast Corp. in New York from 1968 to 1973, before moving back to Texas, where he was hired as president and general manager of Gulf Television Corp., Houston. He remained there until his retirement in 1983. He also served as president of Hedgecroft Hospital Board of Trustees in Houston, and president of Houston Salvation Army Board. He was an avid golfer for most of his life.