On June 5th, 2017, (Julius) Richard Harper passed away in Prescott Valley, Arizona. He was 81. The great-grandson of Dr. Eli Akim Harper, he was a native of San Diego County. He graduated from Escondido High School, and later graduated from the Harbor Police Academy in San Diego. He served for 21 years with the Harbor Patrol, reputedly one of their finest harbor pilots.
As a youth, he was an accomplished pianist and organist, having won the State competition in his age bracket, in 1946. After his service in the San Diego police department, he retired to Prescott Valley. Richard died from complications of a right hip fracture while in hospice. He is survived by his third wife, Natividad Lontoc Escal, and her children, from the Philippines. May he rest in peace.