Dr. Richard Neil Armstrong, of Brentwood, died on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, after a brief illness.
Dr. Richard Neil Armstrong, of Brentwood, died on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was 66.
He was Boonville, Missouri, and the son of Ernest Neil Armstrong and the late Grace Leora Reid. Dr. Armstrong was a graduate of Western Illinois University, and Marquette University and was a fellow at the University of Chicago, and the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Disease and National Institutes of Health. He had been professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Vanderbilt University, also held a Foreign Adjunct Professorship at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and was Editor-in-Chief for the journal Biochemistry. Dr. Armstrong also was the founder and sole instructor of “Uncle Ricky’s Fishing School.”
He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Clinton Armstrong.
Surviving are his father; his wife of 31 years, Mary Frances Clark; two children, Kathryn Grace Armstrong and Andrew Clinton Armstrong; eight brothers- and sisters-in-law; and 18 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 22, in Benton Chapel, on the Vanderbilt campus, and a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to “Vanderbilt Biochemistry – Armstrong Fund” and mailed to: Vanderbilt Gift & Donor Services, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727. Austin Funeral and Cremation Services is handling the arrangements. An online guest book is available atAustinFuneralService.com. (615)377-0775.