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Service Held for Town Activist

A memorial service was held today at St. Luke's Episcopal Church for Bayard R.”Dick” Hand, a resident of Darien for more than 60 years. Mr. Hand contributed to the town in many ways: as a member of the Darien Democratic Town Committee, Board of Education, Board of Selectman and Board of Finance; as director and then president of Meals-on-Wheels from 1982 to 2003; as treasurer of Person-to-Person from 1984 thru 2005; as treasurer of the Darien Senior Center; as president/vice president and treasurer of the Darien United Way; as a board member and driver for A Better Chance; and as a tutor for the "I Had a Dream" program. The Darien Chamber of Commerce awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.

Mr. Hand was 93 when he passed away, on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the Lawrenceville School and Williams College, class of 1939, and attended the Wharton Business School. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain during World War II, in the Pacific region.

His varied business career began in marketing for the Roper Organization from the late 1940s to early 1950s. He became the Director of Products and Marketing Planning for Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corporation from the mid-1950s to late 1950s; started Reddy Fox catering in the late 1950s; returned to Fairchild as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions from the early 1960s through the mid-1960s; and moved to the Research Corporation as vice president of finance from the mid-1960s through 1981, retiring in 1982. He loved tennis and belonged to the Noroton Yacht Club since the early 1950s.

Mr. Hand is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, better known as "B.A.," of Darien; three children, Margot Hand of Darien; Taber Hand of Cambodia and Julie Hand of East Calais, VT; nine stepchildren, Debbi Caplan of Chapel Hill, NC; Sarah Hartigan and Albert Hartigan both of Darien; Charles Hartigan of Norwalk; Julia Ryan, George Reilly, Roger Hardon and Emily Hardon all of New York, NY; and Alan Hardon of Gilbert, AZ; and grandchildren, Lydia Hand, Tulane University in New Orleans, LA; Niles Rowland of New York, NY; Peter and Annabel Hartigan of Darien and Calder and Eleanor Ryan of New York, NY. The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, Darien is handling the arrangements. Contributions in his memory may be made to Person-to-Person, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 or ABC, 11 Brookside Road, Darien, CT 06820.

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