Richard Bachrach

After sixteen months of treatment for primary central nervous system B-cell Lymphoma, Richard Bachrach passed away peacefully at home in Bearsville on February 14th in the arms of his wife of 47 years Judi, and daughters Emilia and Marion. Born June 24, 1950 in New York City, Richard and his wife lived in Saugerties, Phoenicia, Red Hook and Bearsville since their graduation from Bennington College in 1972.

Richard is best known as a psychotherapist, group leader, and teacher both nationally and internationally. Over the years he had offices in Manhattan and upstate NY. He was often called a Renaissance Man, because he was also a homesteader, horse enthusiast, shepherd, (perhaps you had some of his organic Icelandic lamb from Woodstock Meats in early 2017), carpenter, and farmer. In his younger years he played the cello and guitar, was an actor and director, and co-founded and danced in the Living Force Dance Theater during his ten years as a resident at the Phoenicia Pathwork Center (now Menla.)

His last healthy year found him delighting residents and visitors alike as he drove his team of Halflinger horses pulling a wagon down Wittenberg Road. Or perhaps you saw him either riding or driving Lucas, his handsome black Morgan/Arabian cross as he pulled a cart in a brisk Amish instilled trot.

Besides his wife and daughters, he is survived by his son-in-law Zoran Stojakovic of Cleveland OH, his brother David Bachrach and his wife Linda Bachrach of Boulder, CO, his brother Bob Bachrach and his wife Reba Bachrach of Marietta GA, and his niece and nephews, and their wives and children. His passionate embrace of life will be sorely missed as husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor to the hundreds of people whose lives he touched. A memorial service will be held at the Bearsville Theater on April 14th from 12:00- 3:00 pm. Donations may be made in his name to your favorite charity. If you have any questions concerning the memorial please send them to the following email address:

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