NEW YORK (Jul. 16)
Funeral services were held yesterday for Judah A. Richards, chairman of the Jewish Information Bureau, and a long-time activist in Jewish and Zionist affairs. He died Saturday at his home in Great Neck, L.I. at the age of 66. As chairman of the Bureau a non-profit service agency which provided answers to inquiries on Judaism and Jewish affairs, he succeeded his late father, Bernard G. Richards, who founded the Bureau in 1932.
A life-long Zionist, Richards was a vice president of the American Jewish League for Israel and was frequently a keynote speaker for the United Jewish Appeal and State of Israel Bonds. An avid sailor and environmentalist, he was active in the Israel Maritime League and served as chairman of the Boating Pollution Control Committee. Richards worked as a public relations executive with Execution, Inc. and was instrumental in setting up their Teaching-by-Telephone systems that has helped thousands of home-bound students to participate in classroom learning. He was still a consultant to the firm at the time of his death.