Richard A. Didden, Chairman and CEO of National Capital Bank, Dead

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Richard A. Didden, Chairman and CEO of National Capital Bank (NCB), died suddenly on Sun., Oct. 27 of undisclosed causes at age 65.

The Didden family has managed NCB since its founding in 1889. Albert Carry, Richard’s grandfather, was an original stockholder and longtime Vice President. Carry's grandson, George A. Didden, Jr., the Bank's legal counsel, became President in 1943 at age 33. George A. Didden III, who succeeded his father in 1995, led the bank to continued profitability and success. Richard assumed its leadership after the death of his brother in 2007.

NCB has been named twice by Weiss Ratings as among “30 Strongest Banks in America” It has also been recognized three times by U.S. Banker Magazine as one of the “Top 200 Community Banks.”

National Capital Bank is deeply woven into the fabric of Capitol Hill life. Richard, serving on the board of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for the past six years, generously supported its initiatives. In particular, under his leadership, the bank underwrote the Shakespeare at School: The George A. Didden III Memorial Project for five years. The NCB also donated $200,000 to the Hill Center to underwrite the renovation of the Lincoln Room. This was largest single corporate donation towards the center's creation.

“Richard maintained the amazing legacy of great civic leadership on behalf of the bank and his wonderful family,” said Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells.

“It is a tragedy for the community as well as the Didden family, because Richard was a valued member of the community and generous philanthropist,” said former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon C. Ambrose.

"Richard Didden was a gentle, generous, and caring man whose interest in our Capitol Hill community was deep. He was a valued member of the Board of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation," said Foundation President Nicky Cymrot.

The Didden family will receive friends at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill, 313 Second St. SE, at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 7. A funeral Mass will follow at 3:30 p.m.

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