H.R. No. 1563
         WHEREAS, Residents of Fort Worth are mourning the loss of
  admired pediatrician Dr. John M. Richardson, who died on April 29,
  2019, at the age of 88; and
         WHEREAS, The son of Dr. James Joseph Richardson and Margaret
  Tidwell Richardson, John Richardson was born in Fort Worth on
  November 19, 1930, and grew up with five siblings, Mary Helen,
  Peggy, Joe, Dick, and Bob; he met his future wife, the former Joan
  Webb, while attending R. L. Paschal High School, and they
  eventually became the parents of four children, Kathy, Marian,
  John, and Jane; a calm, engaged, and encouraging father,
  Dr. Richardson organized vacation road trips that provided
  enjoyable opportunities for learning; he was later blessed with 12
  grandchildren, Elizabeth, Andrew, Philip, Gregory, Samuel,
  Abigail, Harry, Jack, Caroline, Marshall, Natalie, and Matthew, as
  well as 7 great-grandchildren, Charlie Joann, Archer, Cedar,
  Emerson, Meadow, Felix, and Arthur; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. Richardson served his country in the U.S. Navy,
  and as a hospital corpsman, he discovered his love of medicine;
  after graduating from Texas Wesleyan College and the University of
  Texas Southwestern Medical Branch, he completed his pediatric
  residency at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas; he practiced
  in Fort Worth for more than four decades, and his gentleness, skill,
  and patience earned him the lasting affection of his patients;
  exceptionally dedicated, he worked every day of the week, made
  house calls, and provided his home phone number, a source of great
  comfort to worried young mothers; moreover, he served as the
  medical director for many organizations, including the Muscular
  Dystrophy Association, the Lena Pope Home, and St. Andrew Catholic
  School; and
         WHEREAS, A devout Catholic, Dr. Richardson set an example of
  humility and compassion; he helped save thousands of infants from
  abandonment as the successful champion of the state's trailblazing
  safe haven law, which allows parents who cannot care for their
  babies to leave them at fire department stations and other
  designated locations; he also cofounded both The WARM Place, a
  grief support center for children, and the Key School for children
  with learning differences; during 29 years as the pediatrician for
  the Edna Gladney Home, he played a role in approximately 9,000
  adoptions; he further served on the boards of the Cook Children's
  Medical Center, the Alliance For Children, Gill Children's
  Services, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, and the Fort Worth Zoo
  Association; in his free time, he was a student of the art and
  history of the American Southwest, and he became the first male
  docent of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; he was also an
  avid baseball fan; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. Richardson received numerous accolades over the
  years, among them the Gold-Headed Cane Award and the Physician
  Humanitarian Award from the Tarrant County Medical Society; in
  addition, he was named Fort Worth's Outstanding Citizen by the
  Exchange Club; and
         WHEREAS, Through his selfless efforts, John Richardson
  touched the lives of innumerable people, and he will forever hold a
  special place in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know
  him; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Dr. John M.
  Richardson and extend sincere condolences to all who mourn his
  passing; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Dr. John
  M. Richardson.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 1563 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on May 17, 2019.
  Chief Clerk of the House