Dick Dufour

Born:                 March 26,1957
Died:                 November 3,1989

Turtle Years:   1985-1987
Section:            Tenor I

A Turtle’s Tribute:

Richard Patrick “Dick” Dufour was born in Port Arthur, Texas on March 26, 1957 and grew up in Alexandria, Lousiana. He was a competitive swimmer, honor student and Eagle Scout.

After high school graduation he attended LSU for one year and then transferred to SMU where he graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in voice performance. He was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Cinfonia.

Later he performed the role of Barnaby in the national tour of “Hello Dolly” with Carol Channing and he sang in “Little Me” with Eve Arden and Donald O’Connor. He aslo sang with the St. Thomas Aquinas Choir. He performed in several local productions and was active in Dallas Summer Musicals for years.

A Turtle’s History

Dick first performed with the Chorale in the “BRAVO!” concert in September 1985 at Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University. He sang with the Chorale through March 1987. During that time, he was featured in the following productions:

POPS ‘ 86 – June 1986 – sang “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” as a member of the Watchdog Octet.

SPOTLIGHT ‘87 – April 1987 – sang “Everything Old Is New Again” and Noel Coward Medley of “Auntie Jessie & Mrs. Worthington” as Duets and sang “The Bogat” as part of a Quartet.

Dick became involved with the Dallas PWA Coalition and the Dallas Dinner Committee in early 1988.

Dick died on November 3, 1989. The Turtle Creek Chorale sang “My Eternal King” and the closing hymn “May All Our Alleluias” at his funeral service.

At the time of his death, he was survived by three brothers; David, Paul and Philip; one sister, Mary; his parents, O.V. and Tessie Dufour’ and his grandmother, Mrs. C.J. Dufour.

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