Peter Donald Richardson was born on September 26, 1939, in Rockville Centre to Harry Richardson and Mae (McCoy) Richardson. He was one of seven children, however only four grew to adulthood. Peter’s older brothers were Buddy Richardson, and Robert Richardson (the photographer), and his older sister was Joan (Richardson) Smith, all of whom predeceased him. Peter grew up in Massapequa, graduating from Massapequa High School in 1957, where he was known as “Mickey”.
Peter then graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1961. He went on to the City College of New York, receiving a Masters in Philosophy. During this time, he met Joan Kaplan at a Philosophy party in Manhattan. As the Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Peter wrote his PhD dissertation at the University of Chicago and taught at the University of Illinois’ Circle Campus. In 1965, Joan had to send Peter bus fare to return to New York for their wedding on June 17, with a reception at Tavern on the Green.
From there he went on to the world of Finance, becoming a Financial Analyst at Duff, Anderson, and Clark in Chicago. In 1975, shortly after the birth of his first daughter, Kim, Peter and his family moved to Tulsa for his work at an oil company running equity investments. In 1976, Peter earned his certificate as a Chartered Financial Analyst. Then in 1979, Peter returned to New York, now as a Senior Vice President, Manager of Investment Research and Trading, at Irving Trust. Shortly after returning, Joan delivered their second daughter, Lynn.
The Richardsons moved again to Avon, CT, in 1986, where Peter became Senior Vice President, Equity Trading, for Cigna. Peter returned one final time to New York, relocating to their long-time residence in Bedford. His last major role was as a Partner at Brimberg & Co. In his later years, his created Richardson Research and hosted a successful blog on capital markets.
Peter taught his daughters a love of humor, especially dark, as well as a love of pets, especially dogs. He and Joan enjoyed playing tennis in their younger days, often on Sunday mornings with local friends. He enjoyed cycling, classical music, working outdoors and reading the New York Times. Peter and Kim often watched and talked sports together.
Peter is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Kim and Lynn, grandson Nikolai Robbins, and grandcats.