Richard W. Blide, M.D.

One of four children, Richard was born in Rochester, New York during the depression. He graduated from the University of Rochester and then followed his interest in medicine with a medical degree from Albany Medical College.

After serving two years in the U.S. Public Health Service, he took a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He then joined the medical faculty, practiced academic medicine and established the first pulmonary laboratory in the chest service which he then ran for seven years.

He had a varied career thereafter, first as medical director of the Will Roger's Hospital in Saranac Lake, NY for six years. He then moved to Texas where he practiced preventive medicine at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. There, he met and married his wife, Patti. Lastly, he practiced physical medicine and rehabilitation until his retirement in 1999.

Dr. Blide and his wife, Patti, presently reside in rural Washington State.





















Patti Blackledge Blide

Born the second of five children in Washington, DC of a navy family, Patti attended Rice University and then spent the next thirty three years teaching in the public schools in Texas. Following this tenure, she became assistant principal for instruction in Lubbock, Texas until her retirement in 1995.

She literally ran into her husband, Dick Blide, on the track at the Aerobic Center in Dallas. After a stellar career in swimming during her school years, she then became an avid runner, winning the Dallas White Rock Marathon and finishing nineteenth in the Boston Marathon among her many running feats.

Both she and her husband each have a child from prior marriages and she now has two grand children.

Patti continues her swimming and hikes and bikes with her husband.