- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Richard W. Hynson Jr., 81, insurance underwriter

Richard Washburn Hynson Jr., a life insurance underwriter, died Feb. 9. A fifth-generation Washingtonian, he retired to Keedysville, Md., with his wife of 50 years, Sandra Stekl Hynson. Upon her death in 2002 and his subsequent illness, he moved to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. He was 81.

Born in the District, Mr. Hynson attended Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated in 1950 from Washington and Lee University with a degree in geology.

He served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 as a high-speed radio operator and again from 1950 to 1951 as an instructor in the Corps of Engineers.

Before settling on a career in life insurance underwriting and financial planning, Mr. Hynson worked in property management for the H.G. Smithy Co., then as an assistant manager in the David White Sales Co. In 1954, he became a field underwriter for Home Life Insurance Co. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming an assistant manager and then a partner in Coffey and Hynson Associates, Pension Consultants.

Mr. Hynson served as treasurer and member of the board of directors for the District of Columbia Life Underwriters Association, and chairman for their finance, membership and education committees. He was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table beginning in 1963, and was voted to life membership in 1970. In recognition of his contribution to Home Life Insurance Co.’s growth, he was inducted into Home Life’s Hall of Fame in 1974. He was also a proud member of the District of Columbia Life Insurance Club, serving as its vice president, and the Friendship Heights Rotary Club, serving as its president. He was also a member of the Toastmasters Club and the University Club.

Mr. Hynson took on the board presidency for the Cathedral Choral Society during a difficult period in the 1970s. His work helped to ensure the growth of this important arts organization, which flourishes today. He served as a trustee for the American Women Composers Inc.

His avocations included singing, needlepoint, gardening and flower arranging. An avid traveler, he and his wife toured the world several times, speaking to International Rotary Clubs and giving lecture-demonstrations on flower arranging for the church.

Survivors include a son, Richard Washburn Hynson III of Thiensville, Wis.; two daughters, Katherine Moss of Gaithersburg, and Helen Vettori of Rockville; a brother, John Hynson of Berlin, Wis.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by siblings Franklin Hynson and Margaret Studt.

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