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Dr. Banyard, Led Hospital Staff

Ophthalmologist and former Navy Lt. Commander Dr. Richard David Banyard died Aug. 21 at his Greenwich home. He was born Jan. 18, 1941, in Trenton, N.J., to the Rt. Rev. Alfred L. Banyard and Sarah Alice Hammer.

After earning his medical degree and completing his residency in ophthalmology, Banyard went on to work at Greenwich Hospital from 1973 until his retirement in 2008. He was past president of the Greenwich Medical Society, Fairfield County Medical Society and past Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology and Chief of Staff at Greenwich Hospital. Before pursuing his career, he served at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia.

Banyard enjoyed sailing and being on the water. He remained active as a member of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club and the Greenwich Boat and Yacht Club. Banyard is survived by Sandy Geissler Banyard, his wife of 38 years; and four children and their spouses. In lieu of flowers, his family asked for memorial contributions in his name to Greenwich Hospital. A celebration of Banyard's life will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Riverside on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m.

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