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LMU Alumnus’ Lifetime of Service Is Honored

Serving the community, raising a family, playing golf.

For Richard D. McBride ’57, these three aspects of life were essential ingredients in the recipe for satisfaction. Add in his long, successful dentistry career and his devotion to Loyola Marymount University, and a portrait of McBride is complete.

McBride is one of three recipients of this year’s LA Leaders Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the LMU Alumni Association. The reception for the honorees will take place Feb. 26, at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Golf came first. McBride had been a competitive golfer in his teens, when he had already fallen in love with it. During a chance meeting, Lorenzo Malone, S.J., an LMU professor and coach of the golf team, urged him to come to Loyola to play for the Lions.

McBride describes what happened next: “So the next day, Monday morning, I was at Loyola taking the entrance test, and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

He graduated from then-Loyola University, served in the Army and then attended Loyola University Chicago Dental School. McBride and his wife, Barbara, returned to California, where they raised five children: Timothy ’86, Patrick, Mary Jo ’90, Michael and Katie. The McBrides also became involved in Worldwide Marriage Encounter, serving on the national board. They traveled extensively for WWME and were twice given appointments by Pope John Paul II.

The McBrides also helped start the Shepherding Home Program to provide housing for young pregnant women. Over the years, they have taken into their home and helped support and counsel more than 60 women.

McBride retired nearly three years ago and has kept busy with rounds of golf, volunteering for Food Finders, a charity that delivers food to homeless shelters, nursing facilities and other organizations, and following LMU sports teams.