Arthur Welch Richardson, MD

  • Born: November 24, 1926
  • Died: June 22, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Arthur Welch Richardson, MD, of San Antonio, Texas passed away surrounded by family. He was a kind, gentle and caring man who loved his family, friends and patients. Arthur felt his greatest blessings were his wife, children, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Arthur was born to Arthur and Irene Richardson in Alliance, Nebraska. He had a very happy childhood and was adored by his aunts, uncles and grandparents. The family moved to Rapid City, South Dakota where he attended Rapid City High School and was involved in numerous activities. He was an outstanding student and was president of his class in both his sophomore and senior year. In addition, he played in the band and was active in sports. The Boy Scouts were an important part of his life. Arthur was very proud of being an Eagle Scout and attended the opening of Mt. Rushmore with his Scout Troop in 1941. He graduated from Rapid City High School; University of Colorado A&M, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta; and the University of Colorado Medical School where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. Arthur met Ellie, the love of his life, during the summer of 1952 while they were both working in Yellowstone National Park. Ellie was a waitress and Arthur was playing drums in the band. After their summer jobs, Arthur headed back to medical school in Colorado and Ellie headed back to college in Minnesota. Ellie graduated from college on December 17th and they were married on December 26th, 1953. Their summer romance lasted 65 years. After Arthur graduated from Medical School, he entered the US ARMY Medical Corps, where he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine with a specialization in Dermatology. He resigned from the Army to join the practice of Pipkin, Ressmann and Richardson. In 1974, he joined the Diagnostic Clinic of San Antonio and was there until he retired from full time practice. He then joined Dr. Steve Davis as a part time Dermatologist until he retired in 2013. Arthur was a talented, self-taught musician and worked his way through high school, college and medical school playing drums to support himself. He loved to play Dixieland Jazz and when he came to San Antonio, he played first with the Alamo City Jazz Band and then The Bandaids Jazz Band for over 40 years until his death. They played at several of San Antonio's Fiesta events, including The Taste of New Orleans and NIOSA, and they also played at the Texas Folklife Festival for many years. He loved to play golf with his son George, his granddaughter Elizabeth and his many golfing buddies. He was very excited to get his first Hole-in-one on March 1, 2012 at Ft. Sam Houston Golf Course. Another highlight of his golfing career was to play at St. Andrews in Scotland. Arthur and Ellie enjoyed travelling and had many opportunities to visit European countries when their daughter Ann was stationed in Germany. They also enjoyed travelling to India, China, Russia and Mexico. Arthur was a member of the Bexar County Medical Society, the San Antonio Dermatology Society, the Texas Dermatological Society, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Rotary Club, Conopus Club of San Antonio, and Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Elvera (Ellie), daughter COL (ret) Ann Richardson, son George and wife Vicki, granddaughter Elizabeth, brother-in-law Ray Fidino, sister-in-law Bernice DePonti, brother-in-law Lloyd Ellingson and wife Patt and numerous relatives, friends and patients who loved and adored him. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Alamo Heights Methodist Church in the Main Sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to the charity of your choice. You're invited to sign the Guestbook at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dr. Art Richardson helped me many times when he worked at the Fiagmostic clinic of San Antonio. My dad was also a partner there so when I needed to be seen by a dermatologist, I was sent over to Dr. Richardson. I'm so sorry I never was able to shake his hand and tell him thank you for everything that he did for me but I certainly still think about him. I'm very saddened to hear if his passing.
He was a kind heart and a gentle soul and his memory and legacy lives on in all those he touched.

Posted by David Zuflacht - San Antonio, TX - Friend   October 16, 2019

To the Richardson family... I was saddened to hear of Dr. Richardson's passing and more so knowing I missed his service by about 2 weeks. I so wanted to have been able to pay my respects to such a wonderful man and doctor. I happened to have had an appointment this week with his former associate Dr. Davis and in the past I would always ask them if they've talked to Dr. Richardson. This time they told me he'd passed. I was very, very sad and could not help but cry at the office.
Dr. Richardson was my doctor for over 40 years since I was 16! He was the best; not only as a doctor, but as a human being. Very smart and very caring. I loved him very much. He also helped me as a teenager with a very bad dermatological problem; all the way until his retirement. I recommended him to EVERYONE!! May you and your family find peace and comfort. My prayers are with you.
With much love and respect,
Eloise Cortez-Lara

Posted by Eloise Cortez-Lara - San Antonio, TX   July 14, 2019

Dear Ellie:

Gail and I express our sincere condolences on the passing of Art. We also wish to express our condolences to your daughter, Anne.

I enjoyed our Saturday morning breakfasts, with Art and others, and I remember he would take some breakfast tacos, from Jim's, every week.



Posted by Eamonn Grant - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 08, 2019

Dr Richardson cared for my beloved mother, and myself, for many years. He took such tender care of Momma, often with biopsies of freezing of skin cancers developed through her lifelong love of gardening. Dr Richardson never failed to give a smile, provide encouraging word and share a bit of his jazzy interest in music if pressed. (smile) For many years, finances were tight, insurance little to non-existent, yet his skill and on-going care never fell short of excellence. Thank you, Dr Richardson.

Posted by Bonnie Stimson - San Antonio, TX - acquaintance   July 06, 2019

My family was blessed in knowing Arthur through the reflection of his daughter. Thank you for being an amazing father and example for her so she could be the mentor and friend she is to me. Rest easy in God's arms.

Posted by Gayla Wilson - Schertz, TX   July 02, 2019

What a wonderful obituary about an amazing life!

Posted by Mary Ann Farris - Castroville, TX   July 02, 2019

George - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your father lived a long and beautiful life. Long time no see. Last time I saw anyone was about 5 years ago. Wayne Williams was in town on business trip. My wife Debbie and I had dinner with Wayne. Debbie has a Facebook page and linked with Jan Williams. Wayne had a significant health episode in the last 5 years and seems to have recovered successfully. You look just like your dad.

Posted by VALENTIN RUIZ - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   July 01, 2019

Uncle Art had the best laugh. And loved Dads Ole and Lena jokes. Wishing we could be there with you to celebrate his amazing life. Love to you all.
Doug and Karen

Posted by KAREN Young - MINNETONKA, MN   July 01, 2019

Annie, I'm praying for you and your family in your sorrow. May the Lord's comfort be yours in full measure.

Trudie Elmer
Mac '73

Posted by A friend   June 30, 2019

It was an absolute privilege and honor to know Dr. Richardson, and he will live on in our memories for years to come. We are so glad to have spent time with him and the family recently in San Antonio. We will celebrate his life from afar tomorrow with some Bandaids Jazz music to remember the talent and the man. Sending you a warm hug, Richardson family. Maja & Alex

Posted by Maja & Alex Trench - Dallas, TX - Family Friend   June 30, 2019

It was an absolute privilege and honor to know Dr. Richardson, and he will live on in our memories for years to come. We are so glad to have spent time with him and the family recently in San Antonio. We will celebrate his life from afar tomorrow with some Bandaids Jazz music to remember the talent and the man. Sending you a warm hug, Richardson family.

Posted by Maja & Alex Trench - Dallas, TX - Family Friend   June 30, 2019

To Ellie and Family. I am so sorry for your loss.
I was one of Dr. Richardson's many dermatology patients. He was such a nice and friendly doctor. I also remember hearing him play with his band of doctors many times. They were great!
I've know Ellie from Le Club for many years and now I'm glad to know her daughter Ann as a new member.

Posted by Vilma Howell - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 30, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers. Marian and Kaighin Watt

Posted by Kaighin Watts - San Antonio, TX   June 30, 2019

So sorry for your loss. It was a privilege to get to know Dr. Richardson.

Posted by Kiran Jayaram - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   June 30, 2019

Dr Richardson was the best dermatologist I have ever been too. His sweet and caring nature was a breath of fresh air. I loved listening to his stories! My deepest sympathy to the Richardson family. Heaven has gained a sweet angel. Rest in peace Dr. Richardson.

Posted by Susan Edwards - San Antonio, TX   June 30, 2019

Several months ago I had the opportunity to see and chat with Art, my old dermatologist, at the Franklin Park, where he and Ellie resided. What a wonderful chat we had and what a wonderful man he was. I will always remember him as a kind and loving gentleman, and a musician as well. I will miss him very much. My heartfelt condolences to family. Fred F. Prassel, Friend

Posted by Fred Prassel - Alamo Heights, TX - Friend   June 30, 2019


One of the "perks" of moving to Franklin Park two years ago was meeting Arthur and Ellie Richardson! More outgoing and friendly people you seldom meet in a lifetime. Art was a gentleman of the old school......always rising from his chair when a lady entered the room, always dressed in a sharp sport coat, and always interested in what you had been doing or were planning next. We loved him and will miss him very much. Ellie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as all of you navigate the weeks and months to follow. God bless you.

Posted by Marsha & Bob Hillman - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 29, 2019

My Dear Friend Ann,
To you and your family I send strength and support across the miles during this very difficult time. Your father will be alive in your heart and memories forever. He was the luckiest man in the world to have such a loving family and the family the to have him.

Posted by Vicki Odegaard - Olympia, WA - Friend   June 29, 2019

Our love is sent your way from both of us. Your love and friendship has meant the world to me over the years. What a wonderful family! Your dad will truly be missed.

Posted by Pam & Jim Grant - North Potomac, MD - Family Friend   June 29, 2019

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