Richard Novak

Richard Allan Novak

Thursday, August 12th, 1948 - Sunday, November 24th, 2019
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Richard Novak died on November 24, 2019 at his home in the Park Heights neighborhood of Baltimore, MD.

He is survived by two daughters, Whitney Novak and Robyn (Benjamin) Novak Elkins, a grandson, Wyatt Elkins, a brother, Randy Novak and an ex-spouse, Dawn Fischer.

Richard earned a Bachelors degree in Science at the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He served as a professor of civil engineering at the California State University-Long Beach and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also served as an instructor/teacher at Anne Arundel Community College and other schools in the Baltimore area.

He was an avid fan of Penn State football and held tickets for their games for many decades.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, 12:00pm at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association or the Penn State Alumni Association. Interment is private.
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    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 12:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home
    11824 Reisterstown Road
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Chester and Julie Wojciechowicz

Posted at 01:17pm
Rick was one of my roommates during my freshman year at Penn State (1968). After I graduated, we shared an apartment on the North Side of Pittsburgh. As we journey through life, we encounter individuals that have a significant impact on our lives. Rick was one of those individuals. He introduced me to my wife, Julie. For that, I'm eternally grateful. I'll always cherish the times we attended Penn State football games. Rick was a huge Penn State fan and a season ticket holder. For many years, we would select a game to attend and camp for the weekend at Greenwood Furnace State Park, south of State College. On one of our trips in October it snowed. I can vividly recall his smiling face as we sat huddled around the campfire. Penn State won. Life was good. WE ARE...

Brent Evans

Posted at 10:36am
I'll start by explaining the photo I uploaded -- which was a picture from Beaver Stadium following the 2016 PSU - Ohio State game. That was perhaps one of the most exciting games in Penn State history (and Penn State won of course) -- and I got to experience it with Rich. It was through PSU football that Rich and I made a connection and became friends 25 years ago. And although we really only saw each other during football season, we still formed a strong bond that went well beyond a common sporting interest. I know I'm really going to miss him! I offer my most sincere sympathy to the family. God Bless!

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