Helen Amelia Cook Richardson, 86, president of a Washington engraving company, died Feb. 26 of congestive heart failure at
Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring. She previously had lived in Washington.
Miss Richardson was born on a farm in Kensington and grew up in the District. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School
and what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1944.
After two years in San Francisco, she returned to Washington in 1946 and joined Brewood Engravers as a secretary. She
worked her way up in the company, becoming treasurer, vice president and ultimately president. The company did engraving
and printing for the White House and other Washington institutions. She retired in 1987, when the company was sold.
Miss Richardson traveled the world extensively and was a past president of the Washington chapter of Soroptimist International
Inc., a women's service organization. She also supported the Clare Boothe Luce program of the Henry Luce Foundation to
promote education for women.
Miss Richardson was twice engaged to be married, but both of her suitors -- two brothers -- were killed in World War II.
There are no immediate survivors.