Dick Ridgway, lawyer, title company founder

August 29, 2013

Richard C. “Dick” Ridgway, a lawyer who focused on real estate law and the title industry and was a co-founder of RGS Title and a prominent fundraiser for Catholic organizations, died Aug. 23 at his home in Silver Spring. He was 76.

The cause was complications from prostate cancer, said a son, Michael Ridgway.

Mr. Ridgway began his legal practice in the 1960s, working with a series of partners. From 1983 to 1999, he was a partner with Ridgway and Griffin in Rockville and during many of those years was president of Universal Title in Rockville. In 1988, he was a co-founder of RGS Title, which has become one of the dominant title companies in the Washington area.

Richard Creighton Ridgway was a native Washingtonian and a 1954 graduate of Gonzaga College High School, where he played on a championship varsity basketball team that was inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame.

He was a 1958 graduate of what is now Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., and a 1962 graduate of Georgetown University’s law school.

He received high honors from Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga College High School for service to the schools as a fundraiser and in other capacities.

He was a past board chairman at Mount St. Mary’s University, past president of the Catholic Youth Organization for the Archdiocese of Washington, past parish council president at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville and past chairman of the Shepherd Foundation, which supports tuition assistance for families and students in Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

Mr. Ridgway had homes in Silver Spring, Stuart, Fla., and South Bethany Beach, Del.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Eugenie Manning “Jeanie” Ridgway of Silver Spring and the other family homes; five children, Michael Ridgway of Chevy Chase, Dana Siekman of Durango, Colo., Lynn Ridgway of Palm City, Fla., Lisa Slater of Kensington and Brian Ridgway of Bethesda; and 16 grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein