Richard Rose, 85, of Mt. Airy, a retired industrial arts teacher, died April 19 of complications of multiple myeloma at the VNA Hospice of Philadelphia.

Until his retirement in 1988, Mr. Rose was an industrial shop teacher and career counselor for three decades in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District. Earlier he had taught industrial arts for 10 years at the Youth Study Center in Philadelphia.

He had also worked from 1980 to 2010 as an independent audio-visual contractor, providing services to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Raised in North Philadelphia, Mr. Rose was a graduate of Northeast High School, where he was president of his class. He received a bachelor’s degree from what is now Cheyney University and master’s degrees in education from the University of Pennsylvania and Antioch College, where he also was awarded an honorary doctorate.

He served in the Air Force as a radio and radar technician San Antonio, Texas.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Sadie Smith; sons, Richard Jr. and David Wayne; daughters Khadijah, Denise Cecelia, Lisa Renee and Michelle Yvette; 19 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held April 27 at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA 19119. Memorial donations can be made to the children’s education and community services funds at the above church. – WF