Dick was born June 11, 1926 and grew up in Chicopee, MA, youngest of five children of Polish immigrants John Peter Kosiba and Mary Owsiak Kosiba.Survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia Doherty Kosiba of Chapel Hill, NC; son Brad Kosiba (Dorothy Hammett) also of Chapel Hill; daughter Karen Kosiba Edwards of Bethesda, MD; and sister Irene Roth of Albion, NY. Also survived by grandchildren Steven, Douglas and Nathan Kosiba and Rachel and Natalie Edwards. Son Harold (“Hal”) Kosiba died in 1999.After graduating from Chicopee High School, Dick received a post-grad scholarship to the Phillips Exeter Academy and was appointed to the US Naval Academy Class of 1948. Graduating in June, 1947, he served on the destroyer USS Steinaker in the Mediterranean following WW II. There he met the daughter of a US Army officer stationed in Germany, and married Patricia Doherty in Heidelberg in 1949. Dick studied Naval Engineering at MIT from 1950-53, eventually moving to Washington, DC. Recruited by Admiral Hyman Rickover for Naval Reactors, the family moved to Newport News, VA in 1958 where Dick helped supervise the construction and refueling of nuclear powered ships and submarines built during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, including the USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier.Back in Washington, he continued with Naval Reactors until joining the Atomic Energy Commission to focus on civilian nuclear power generation. Retired from US Civil Service in 1973, Dick joined Babcock & Wilcox in Lynchburg, VA and helped direct the successful B&W response to the Three Mile Island incident. He spent two years in the late ‘70s leading a B&W subsidiary and living in Weinheim, Germany near Heidelberg, and enjoyed traveling with Pat once again in Europe.After returning to Lynchburg, Dick retired and they moved to Wintergreen, VA in the Blue Ridge mountains, then settled in Chapel Hill, NC in 1989. As a result of his son Hal’s illness, Dick volunteered at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (memorial donations may be made towww.nami.org
), advocating for laws to ensure people get the help they need. A lifelong athlete, Dick enjoyed helping to design multiple homes and tending natural landscapes. He was an avid reader and music lover and a devoted grandparent.