Eudora Laurinda (Dora) Richardson



Washington, D.C.

Longtime Seal Harbor summer resident, Philanthropist, 89

Eudora Laurinda (Dora) Richardson, 89, passed away at her home in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2021. A longtime resident of Georgetown, she made her home there a frequent setting for family, friends and members of the Georgetown University community to which she was devoted.

A loyal and generous supporter of the university, Dora served on its board of trustees and founded the current Richardson American Studies Lecture Series. She earned an undergraduate degree from the university in American studies and each year opened her home to host the Georgetown American Studies annual reception. Her earlier education included the Foxcroft School in Virginia and Bennett College in Millbrook, N.Y.

Before settling in Washington, she traveled widely and lived abroad with her then-husband, Ambassador James G. Lowenstein, in Ceylon and Yugoslavia, as his postings were then known. He survives, as do their children Laurinda Lowenstein Douglas of New York and Price G. Lowenstein of Bermuda as well as her grandchildren, Jake, Haley and Alex. Two sisters, Molly Smith of Elkin, N.C., and Margaret White of Middleburg, Va., also survive.

Dora was born in Greensboro, N.C., on Aug. 9, 1931, to Lunsford Richardson, chairman of the board of the Vick Chemical Co., later Richardson-Vicks Inc., and Margaret Blakeney Richardson. She was raised in Greenwich, Conn., and Greensboro, N.C.

Beyond her support of Georgetown University, Dora was also active on other corporate and philanthropic boards, notably the Hillsdale Fund, on which she served for over 60 years. Her summer home in Seal Harbor, “Immensee,” was a source of great pleasure for her and the setting for a constant, lively flow of family and friends in the summers there during which time she also maintained an active presence in the local philanthropic community.

She was a talented tennis player and lifelong devotee of the sport.

Contributions in Dora Richardson’s name may be made to the Capital City Symphony (CapitalCitySymphony.org) and/or Soft Power Health (softpowerhealth.org).

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