Richard L. Matteson, human development professor, dies at 85

March 1
Richard L. Matteson

Richard L. Matteson, a professor of human development who taught at the University of Maryland for three decades, died Feb. 13 at his home in College Park, Md. He was 85.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, Ann Matteson.

A specialist in sociology, Dr. Matteson taught at the university’s Institute for Child Study at the undergraduate and graduate levels and retired about 20 years ago.

Richard Lewis Matteson was born in Columbia, S.C., and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a 1952 graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. At the University of Maryland , he received a master’s degree in sociology in 1956 and a doctor of education degree in human development in 1962.

Dr. Matteson was a Boys Club coach and volunteered at halfway houses in Prince George’s County and through the Junior Great Books program at Hollywood Elementary School in College Park.

He belonged to the University United Methodist Church in College Park and sang in its choir for almost six decades. He also sang in the Academia Notes, a barbershop quartet, for 35 years. Dr. Matteson collected Native American artifacts and donated an arrowhead to the Smithsonian Institution, his wife said.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ann Swann Matteson of College Park; four children, Richard L. Matteson Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Fla., David Matteson of Silver Spring, Md., Suzanne Matteson of Poolesville, Md., and Jeffrey Matteson of Luling, Tex.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

— Emily Langer

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