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Passing of Richard L. Shelly, Retired Professor of Health and Physical Education at the Rockville Campus

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Category: In Memoriam

Published: 2016-12-08 00:00:01.000

On November 8, 2016, Richard Lee Shelly "Dick", 71, of Ocean Pines, Maryland, died peacefully at his home in Florida surrounded by his family. He is survived by JoAnn Friebertshauser Shelly, wife of 47 years. He is father to John Charles, husband of Paula Shelly, of Dallas, TX; Susan Jo, wife of Chris Voss, of Brookeville, MD; and Lynn Marie, wife of Pete Newcomb, of Chalfont St Peter, England. He is Grandfather to Chase Corder, wife Stephanie; Haley and Blake Newcomb; Olivia, Nicholas, and Isabella Voss; and Great-grandfather to Adelyn Corder.

In 1968, following graduation from Ohio University, Dick was recruited by Montgomery College in Rockville, MD to coach wrestling and teach in the Department of Health and Physical Education. He was flown down for an interview (which was big-time for then and his first ever airplane ride) and hired the next day. He coached wrestling for thirteen seasons winning the Maryland JUCO and Region 19 Championships seven times and was runner-up six times. He also was Assistant Track and Field Coach from 1968 to 1974.

At Montgomery College, Dick taught a variety of courses (swimming, lifeguarding, pool operation and management, weight training, health, etc.) In 1983, Dick took up something new and earned his NAUI SCUBA Instructor certification. Teaching swimming and SCUBA became his passion. For over twenty years he took students to a quarry in Pennsylvania, West Palm Beach, Florida, and the Bahamas for their certification dives. He operated scuba trips to West End, Grand Bahama, Bimini, the Florida Straits, and Cay Sal Bank which is just 35 miles north of Cuba. Until his retirement in 2007, Dick taught swimming and SCUBA diving to thousands of Montgomery College students. As they said, he spent 39 outstanding years at Montgomery College.

Dick was an avid boater and spent any free time he could manage on the Chesapeake Bay (or any other body of water) either boating and fishing with family or friends or diving for oysters. Boating, eating the catch of the day, or feasting on oysters always meant lots of friends would gather. There was always an open invitation to all at the Shelly home. He and JoAnn moved to the water splitting time between Ocean Pines, MD and North Palm Beach, FL.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, "WOW, WHAT A RIDE!"

That's his story. What's yours? (If you knew Dick, you know he'd always greet you with a great big smile and ask you, "What's your story?")

A celebration of life will be planned for the summer 2017. Contact Marge Turnbow ( for details.

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