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Member Obituary

Print Date: 2/22/2024 7:05:14 AM

National Board Remembers Richard B. Barkdoll

The National Board is saddened to announce the passing of Richard B. Barkdoll, former National Board member and chief boiler inspector for the state of Washington. He died on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

“Dick was a great guy and a pleasure to work with,” said National Board Executive Director David Douin. “He was well respected among his peers and always had a positive attitude.”

Mr. Barkdoll served as the chief inspector for the Washington Department of Labor & Industries for more than 11 years.  He joined the state in 1982, becoming chief in 1989. He was elected to National Board membership in 1991. In 1993, he was elected to the National Board’s Board of Directors as second vice chairman and served a three-year term. He retired from the state in 2001.

Prior to joining the state, he was employed by Hartford Steam Boiler. He started his career as a boilermaker. Mr. Barkdoll was also a veteran of the US Coast Guard.