Steeplechasing stalwart Dick Ogden passes

By Tod Marks

Richard McAllister Ogden, a familiar face on the National Steeplechase Association circuit who went on to become a steward, passed away on Nov. 30 at age 92 at Paoli Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Known as Dick to his many friends, the West Chester resident was passionate about racing and spent many afternoons at Parx and Delaware Park. He enjoyed steeplechasing and was an NSA member who became a steward, officiating at many meets. Another one of his joys including watching his granddaughter Devon participate in horse shows. Golf was an avid interest, too, and Dick was a golfer of the year at Coatesville Country Club.

Born May 28, 1930 in Marshallton, Pa., Dick was the son of Even Lewis and Edith McAllister Ogden. He was married to the late Jane Ann Ogden for 58 years

He was a 1949 graduate of West Chester High School, then joined the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Enrico. After the Navy he became a founding partner in Chester County Opticians, a career that lasted many years.

Dick is survived by his children, Diane Williams and her husband, Geoffrey; Susan Cappello and her husband, Paul; grandchildren Devon Arsalan, wife of Dr. Amir Arsalan; Afton Cordoba, wife of Tim Cordoba; Dana Cappello; Vincent Cappello; and great granddaughter, Carter Cordoba.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held in the Spring.

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