Biography Richard Roche

Biography Richard Roche

The author is a Certified Safety Professional, who spent 30 years of his life, promoting safety and public health. After he acquired a Master’s of Science Degree in Environmental Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 1979, he became a US Army Medical Service Corps officer and held a variety of jobs, including being an environmental scientist, public health inspector, radiation protection officer, hospital safety manager, and sexually transmitted disease control official.

As an environmental scientist, he conducted research about the relationships between aquatic bacteria, algae, and Limulus lysate-detected lipopolysacharides and using bioluminescent bacteria to detect chemical warfare agents in water. He also conducted environmental surveys related to re-establishing the US Army Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense School at Fort McClellan, determining depleted uranium concentrations in the water, fish, and sediments of Kwajalein Atoll, and assessing the environmental impact of a proposed fuel pier in Long Beach Harbor.

While working his way through college, he was a TransWorld Airlines customer service agent, security guard at Woodville State Mental Hospital, factory worker, car wash operator, and grocery clerk. Before going to college, he was a US Army medic. During his military service he achieved the rank of Major and was also a Graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He obtained numerous military awards, including the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO medal for supporting Operation Joint Guard in the Balkans, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Most importantly, the author is a down-to-earth person who usually wears a T-shirt and blue jeans, virtually never talks about his past, and avoids using titles and complicated words that would separate him from other human beings.

Richard currently resides with his endlessly hard-working, German wife, Brigitte, in Folkston, Georgia. Having already served as a safety manager assisting in disaster recovery operations associated with Supertyphoon Pongsona and Hurricanes Gustav, Katrina, Charley, Jean, and Fran, Richard is currently on-call to assist the US Army Corps of Engineers during disaster recovery missions. The Romanian Connection, Richard’s first novel, reflects the rich life he has enjoyed and endured.