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John P. Richie, Jr.



John Peter Richie, Jr., 66, of Hummelstown, passed away from glioblastoma on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at home with his loving family by his side.

Born in Worcester, MA, on November 11, 1956, he was the son of the late John Peter, Sr., and  Schiavone Richie.

John was a beloved Researcher and Professor of Public Health Science at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey for two decades. He was at the forefront of cancer and aging research for over 35 years and mentored many graduate students, an especially gratifying part of his career.

He was a 1974 graduate of West Boylston H.S. in Massachusetts; received his B.S. degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Louisville.

John was passionate about cooking, gardening and hiking. But more than anything, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lin Zoeller; a son, Nicholas Richie of Hummelstown; a daughter, Marina Richie of San Diego, CA; a sister, Carol Vadenais and her husband Ed of Bellingham, MA.

A celebration of John’s life will be held Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 2 p.m. in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown. A time to visit the family will be held Thursday in the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

For his family and friends in Massachusetts, a celebration of life service will be held in the Spring followed by his inurnment in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston, MA. Date and time to be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society – PA Division, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033, or by emailing

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