Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

2013 Distinguished Citizen

WHS Class of 1959



  • One of New York City's finest singers
  • Mentored by Metropolitan Opera bass Simon Estes
  • Debuted on stage in Virgil Thomson's "Four Saints in Three Acts"
  • Sang with New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein
  • Sang with American Symphony Orchestra


  • Washington High School - 1959
  • Central State University - Bachelor of Arts - 1968
  • University of Michigan - MA Voice - 1971

Popular Performer

  • Acclaimed throughout New York City for his robust voice and vocal range
  • Performed on both Late Night with David Letterman, and Today


Richardson passed away October 10, 2010 [View Obituary].
The Distinguished Citizen Award was conferred posthumously.

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