Richard was born in New Orleans, December 11, 1940, to Gaston and Mae (Reulet) Gravois. The third of seven siblings, Richard graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University of New Orleans where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Kappa, and his Masters in Mathematics from Louisiana State University. In 1967, he met Paulette Gallant on a blind date and they ended up talking until the sun came up. They were married at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on January 11, 1969. That August, they followed a dream they shared: they flew to Paris and traveled around Europe in a VW van for a year.
In 1970, they moved to Austin to pursue his postgraduate studies at the University of Texas. He and Paulette raised three wonderful children in Austin, and he enjoyed a long career as a programmer-analyst at the Texas Employment Commission. Throughout their life together, Richard and Paulette loved to travel, visiting four continents and returning to their beloved Paris as often as they could. Richard was a devoted public servant and active member of his community. He served as Democratic precinct chair and was a lifelong member of the Zilker Neighborhood Association, including a term as president. After his retirement, he delivered Meals On Wheels, often on his bike.
All who knew him loved him for his unique perspective, dry wit, generosity and above all his decency and gentleness. He loved bicycles, fixing things, long walks and especially his extended family. He and Paulette served as safe harbor for any friend or family member in need. Richard is survived by his beloved wife Paulette, his three children Adam, Renée, and Daniel, daughter-in-law Heather Gravois, son-in-law Matthew Bair, and his grandchildren Jude, Zoë, Collette, Samuel, and Oliver, as well as his siblings Warren, Ronald, James, Charles, Carolyn, Rosemary Kerrin, and many nieces and nephews.
Richard's life will be celebrated on Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m., at the University Catholic Center in Austin. Contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the charity of your choice are welcomed in lieu of flowers.