Remembering Long Time Board Member Richard W. Billings
Richard W. Billings, 89, former board chairman of Crozer-Keystone Health system, passed away from cancer on Sept. 3 at his home in Media.
Mr. Billings was appointed as a member Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s board of directors in 1980. When the hospital merged with Delaware County Memorial Hospital in 1989 to create Crozer-Keystone Health System, Mr. Billings served as chairman for the board. He served as chairman from 1994 to 1998 and remained active with the board until his death.
Richard W. Billings
Mr. Billings was born in Salt Lake City and came to Philadelphia in 1980. After graduating from the Hill School in Pottstown and Yale University, he went on to graduate from Rutgers’ Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He served as president, chairman and chief executive officer of Southeast National Bank, which merged with Fidelity in 1984. In 1989 he retired as the executive vice president and executive director of Fidelity Bank and Fidelcorp, both of which are a part of Wells Fargo. Mr. Billings worked for more than 20 years at Union Trust Company in New Haven, Connecticut, where he rose to executive vice president and senior commercial banking executive.
Mr. Billings served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of yeoman third class. He also served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952.
An avid golfer, Mr. Billings enjoyed skiing and playing tennis. He also served on the board of directors for the People’s Light and Theatre Company and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.
Mr. Billings is survived by his wife, Patty, sons Scott, Rick and David, daughter Ann Cope and nine grandchildren.