Remembering Dr. John Richardson
John Richardson, M.D., was destined to be a part of the Cook Children’s family.
Dr. Richardson was born at W.I. Cook Memorial Hospital on Nov. 19, 1930, and he remained an important member of the system until his death on April 29, 2019, at the age of 88. Dr. Richardson passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.
His legacy to Cook Children’s and his community will continue on for generations to come.
Dr. Richardson spent more than 40 years as a Cook Children's pediatrician at the same location, delivering patient-centered care and was an advocate for children both locally and nationally. He will be remembered for his kind, gracious manner and his giving spirit. He was a generous donor to Cook Children’s until his death.
His accomplishments are many, including:
Serving on the Board of Directors of Cook Children’s Medical Center, the Fort Worth Zoo Association, the Alliance For Children, the Gill Children's Services and the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.
Serving as the medical director for many organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Lena Pope Home and St. Andrew’s Catholic School.
He was honored for his humanitarian and medical services, receiving the Gold Headed Cane Award from his Cook Children's peers, the Humanitarian Award from the Tarrant County Medical Society, The Golden Deeds Award, Fort Worth’s Outstanding Citizen from the Exchange Club and the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.
Dr. Richardson was the pediatrician for the Gladney Center for Adoptionfor 29 years, participating in approximately 9,000 adoptions. He co-founded The WARM Place, a haven for children and their families after the death of a loved one, which has served over 38,000 children and families.
He also initiated the Texas Safe Haven Law for abandoned babies, known as the Baby Moses Project, the first of its kind in the nation. Safe Haven laws have saved the lives of over 4,000 children.
Dr. Richardson will be greatly missed, but his legacy will never be forgotten.