RIchard Loyd Masters; MPH 1961; died October 19, 2014


Richard L. Masters


Richard L. Masters, M.D., born July 10, 1931; died October 19, 2014. Dr. Masters passed peacefully at his home. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth Rae; his sons, Brian, Kenneth, and Ross; his beloved daughters-in-law, Kara, Shelly, and Mary Jeanne; and his grandson, Addison (Max) Graham. Dr. Masters, the youngest of five boys, graduated from Wayne University, the University of Michigan, and Harvard University. He served our country as a physician in the United States Air Force and in the Central Intelligence Agency. Dr. Masters then served as the first Aeromedical Advisor to the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). In this position, he conducted very significant studies for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Also with ALPA, he and Captains Rod Gilstrap and Gil Chase developed groundbreaking alcohol and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. With his consultation service, Aviation & Preventive Medicine Associates, he handled over 22,000 pilot medical cases, including more than 1,500 alcohol and substance abuse cases. Dr. Masters' lifetime of service and achievement earned him an honorary membership in ALPA, the first physician to achieve this honor. He shares this rare honor with Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and General James Doolittle. Celebration of Life, Saturday, October 25, at 11 am. Luncheon reception to follow. Services to be held at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 1091 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Richard's name to: University of Colorado Hospital Cardiac and Vascular Center, 12631 East 17th Ave. #B130, Aurora, CO 80045 or Denver Dumb Friends League, 2080 South Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231. Please visit to share a memory with the family.

[Published in The Denver Post on October 23, 2014]