Richard G. Woolworth, Jr., 69, passed away suddenly as a result of an aortic dissection on December 6, 2021. No man was more loved, more faithful, kinder, or cared more for others, especially his family, his friends, his community, and every person he mentored. He led with his faith, stayed in touch with lifelong friends, and shared his gifts of hospitality and connecting people with one another.
Rick was a graduate of Lancaster Country Day School (PA), Groton School (MA), Dartmouth College (NH), and Stanford Business School (CA). He was a loyal employee of Morgan Stanley for 23 years followed by another ten years with Aetos Capital. His legacy is captured by what a young man who had never met Rick said upon meeting him, “Oh you’re the person behind the Woolworth rule: Do the right thing by the client.” That rule is the way Rick lived his life.
An excellent squash and tennis player in his younger years, golf became his passion and he delighted in coaching others. He had a gift for identifying the one change that would most help his or her swing.
Rick served as head of the leadership council of Trinity Church Greenwich from its inception in 1999 until 2009. He remained a steady, guiding presence in the community.
The final decade of Rick’s life was defined by his vision for and leadership of Telemachus Network, a non-profit organization he founded in 2011 to create intergenerational friendships between emerging and experienced leaders in both faith-based and secular contexts. His passion for mentoring reflected his lifelong mission to “grow fruit on other people’s trees.”
Rick is survived by his loving family: Jill Woolworth, his wife of 45 years, their three daughters, Jocelyn W. Mason, Virginia B. Woolsens, and Helen W. Brown, two sons-in-law, three grandchildren, his siblings, Andy B. Woolworth, Sally W. Lynch, and Lucy W. Lamphere, and his mother, Helen B. Woolworth. Rick died nine months to the day after his father, Richard G. Woolworth of Lancaster, PA, and Hobe Sound, FL.
Rick’s love of mentoring lives on in the thousands of people he touched personally and connected to others. The best gift you can give him is to carry on his legacy.
Lori has been working in the accounting and finance field for more than 15 years in both the private and public sectors. She and her husband, Tim, were married in 1999 and live in Fairfield County with their two boys. They attend Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel and have a long history of serving with Young Life.
Lori is an avid runner, having completed two marathons and has also challenged herself in the sport of triathlon. She has developed many dear friendships through these dynamic communities.
Jill married Rick Woolworth, the founder of Telemachus in 1976, and is learning to live without the man she still adores since his sudden death in 2021. She has three grown daughters, two sons in law, and four adorable grandchildren. She and her dog, Hank, live in Greenwich, CT and North Palm Beach, FL.
Early in her career, Jill worked as a commercial banker. During the season that she was primarily a full-time mother, she sang a cappella, led several small groups including a Bible Study in her kitchen, tutored in French, co-founded Women of Vision Fairfield County, and got her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Jill has been a licensed therapist for over 20 years and enjoys speaking on topics related to women, marriage, faith, and parenting. Helping untangle relationship knots is her passion. She published The Waterwheel: Practical Wisdom for 64 Common Concerns in 2018.
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Lauren has been planning events and conferences since 2012, when a dear friend took a chance and gave her an opportunity to serve behind the scenes at the Christian Economic Forum. She finds joy in creating spaces for people to come together and encourage one another.
Lauren and her husband, Jon, have been married since 2010 and spent the first decade of marriage exploring different cities on the east coast and in Asia (moving nine times in about as many years). They now live in San Antonio, TX with their four little ones and are involved at Crossway Bible Church. In this season of life, Lauren enjoys playing in the front yard with her kids, learning to play Mahjong, and listening to audiobooks (especially during long walks).
Doug is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Monon Capital where he co-creates with others around ideas and opportunities for innovation and imaginative/redemptive entrepreneurship through venture investments, a thought and conversation studio, and a venture lab.
Prior to launching Monon Capital, he was a founding senior executive of Hillenbrand, Inc. He previously held senior executive positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant Corporation, Ronald Blue Trust, and Eli Lilly & Company. He serves as a director, trustee, or advisor with several institutions and companies including Warner Pacific University, EDGE Mentoring, Telemachus, Fields Park Trust, Sagamore Institute, T&H Investments, Discovering Broadway, Windrider Institute, Sinapis, Chatham Ventures, and Lost Valley Ranch.
Doug and his wife Jayne Ann have two married daughters, two terrific sons-in-law, and three grandsons. He is the steward of Little Free Library #13099 which is located in his neighborhood, the Arts and Design District, in Carmel, IN. The library is but one of the many ways he and his family live out their passion and commitment to building community and caring for the common good.
Irene is a proud mother of two children, a Spiritual Director, and former Advertising Executive in NYC for over 38 years.
Hailing from Texas, Irene moved to NYC out of college where she built her Advertising career and raised her family. She recently retired as an Executive Vice President after working at Grey Advertising and McCann-Erickson, building brands with blue chip clients such as Unilever, Pfizer, and Frito-Lay. Her work offered her travel and fascinating experiences with top clients and some of the most outstanding creative teams in the field.
While retaining a smaller foothold in NYC, she has recently taken up residence in Charlottesville near her family (including new granddaughter), where she is learning many new things about caring for a home!
Her spiritual formation was inspired by Ignatian and her experience with the 19th Annotation. In 2020 she graduated from a Spiritual Direction Formation Program at St. Francis Xavier Church in NYC.
A life-long learner, Irene enjoys mentoring and discipleship in all forms, and welcomes the opportunity to help build the next generation of leaders. She is a graduate of the University of Texas (Austin) and 4th generation Texan, an avid bike rider and swimmer, loves to travel, and never misses a chance to share dinner with friends and loved ones.
David grew up in Houston, TX but cheers for the Michigan Wolverines, where he was born. He and his wife Jean have three boys and live in New York City. They are passionate about wholehearted faith and serve with several different ministries that have an emphasis on increasing access and awareness to tools and resources around emotional and spiritual health. David spent most of his career in real estate finance and now invests through Supra Solem, a family investment vehicle that partners with leaders, companies, and organizations who are working to make all things new. He loves playing golf – the one sport he still has a shot at getting better at.
Helen Woolworth Brown
Helen is the daughter of Rick Woolworth who founded Telemachus. She and her husband, Morgan, live in Nashville, TN with their son, Rick, who is named for his grandfather.
Helen has worked in independent schools for more than a decade. Her primary work is admissions and enrollment management, which allows her to be involved in both relationship-building and strategic leadership. She has a passion for mentoring, as well as for shaping and stewarding mission-driven communities.
She likes to practice yoga, and spend time outdoors, especially with golden retrievers.
Clayton lives in Houston, TX with his wife Abby and their 4 kids. He has been involved at Grace Bible Church for 16 years in various roles. In addition to Telemachus, Clayton serves on the board of Agape Development, a CDC in South Houston, and was formerly the President of the Adera Foundation, supporting work in Ethiopia.
Professionally, Clayton leads Shell’s gas and power trading business for the South US and Mexico. He has been in the commodity trading business for over 15 years, mostly focused on natural gas trading. Clayton graduated from Texas A&M with a BBA in Finance.
Randy Odom is presently the President and CEO of Kids Across America. Randy began his career of working with urban youth in 1988 while attending Ouachita Baptist University, graduating in 1996 with a degree in sociology and psychology.
In 2019, Randy was the CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM), a youth sports ministry serving Memphis youth, ages 8 to 18. MAM serves nearly 7,000 children in Shelby County through sports and after school mentoring programs.
In 2017-18 Randy was awarded the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year in Memphis and MAM was a national finalist for Jr. NBA Program of the year in 2019.
Randy has worked for over 30 years in the urban ministry, non-profit sector and is passionate about creating an ethos where high character, passion, skill and knowledge all align to create change and build biblical leaders who will make disciples according to a biblical framework.
Randy has been blessed beyond belief by his best friend and wife of 19 years, Kelandria, and their 18-year old-son, Enoch. Hobbies include sports, working out, and relaxing time with family.
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