On the morning of Sept. 23, 2013, with his wife at his bedside, Dr. Richard Milton Trent peacefully passed away at The Hospice of East Texas HomePlace in Tyler. He was 65 years old.
Dr. Richard Milton Trent was born in Clark Field, Philippine Islands, on May 12, 1948. He was the only child of the late Dennea Ann and Roy Milton Trent. Richard is survived by his wife, Dr. Idalia Hernandez Trent, and daughter, Estella "Stella" Danielle Trent, of Rusk.
In 1966 Richard graduated from Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Md. In 1970 he received an AA degree from Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Md.
Richard received a BA degree in psychology in 1977 from the University of Regina in Saskatch-ewan, Canada, and in 1979 he earned his MA degree from Hood College in Frederick, Md. In 1985 Richard was conferred a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) in Commerce.
Following his graduation, Richard joined Rusk State Hospital in Rusk. He served initially as psychologist and later as director of psychological services. Dr. Trent received various recognitions throughout his tenure at Rusk State Hospital. In 1991 he was awarded a Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Showcase Award. In 1995 he was awarded the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation's most prestigious honor, the Preston E. Harrison Award (having also been named as a finalist in 1989). In recognition of his excellence in 1999 he was named Ambassador of Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association. Dr. Trent retired from Rusk State Hospital in 2006 following 21 years of service.
A kind man who appreciated a simple life, Richard loved sunsets and thunderstorms, a great seafood meal and the company of good friends. Richard was an avid diamond hunter and fisherman who preferred the outdoors. An ardent collector, his love of American antiques was only surpassed by his devotion to his wife and daughter.
A private memorial will be at the family home in Rusk on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Tyler Junior College Roy Milton and Dennea Anne Trent Armed Forces Scholarship Endowment;
Messages and tributes may be sent to the family at wallacethompson.com under "obituaries."
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Oct. 8, 2013