She was born on Nov. 12, 1917, in Worcester, Massachusetts. She studied at Simmons College in Boston until the Depression ended her education early. For one of her first jobs, she worked at the U.S. Office of War Information.
In 1943, she married Melvin Richter, whom she had met on a blind date. Following her husband's military service, the couple lived together in the Washington, D.C., area, while Melvin worked for the Justice Department, and then later in Arlington County. She served there as the chief registrar of voters in the 1960s, sometimes registering voters at her home. When they moved to Bethesda, Maryland, in 1965, she cultivated an interest in gardening, studying landscape architecture, taking part in the Bethesda Garden Club and volunteering her skills at the National Arboretum and local libraries.
She and her husband also actively participated in the Democratic Party and campaigned for various local candidates. While in Virginia, they also became involved in the education of disabled children, as their daughter, Sara, was born handicapped.
In 2010, she moved to Palo Alto to join her children and granddaughter, who all lived on the West Coast. She lived at the Palo Alto Commons, making many new friends. Up until her death she remained intellectually active, often playing Scrabble and attending various music concerts.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Sara Richter, in 1978 and by her husband of 57 years, Melvin, in 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Amy Richter, of Portland, Oregon, and daughter, Ruthann Richter Hammer, son-in-law, Jay Hammer, and granddaughter, Shaina Hammer — all of Palo Alto.
A memorial service was held on June 13 in Bethesda, Maryland. Memorial donations may be made to Abilities United, 525 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306, or the Lenore and Melvin Richter Scholarship Fund at the Boston Latin School Association, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115.
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