Richard Anthony Mladick

May 28, 1934 - December 6, 2023

05/28/1934 - 12/06/2023

Past Services

Thursday December 14, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church Va. Beach
300 36th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-6332 | Directions
Thursday December 14, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Princess Anne Country Club
3800 Pacific Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-428-4141 | Directions

Richard Anthony Mladick of Virginia Beach, VA passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, at the age of 89.  A funeral will be held in his honor on December 14, from 1-2:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church located at 300 36th St. in Virginia Beach. The service will be followed by a gathering at the Princess Anne Country Club from 2-4:00 p.m. located at 3800 Pacific Avenue.

Richard was born on May 28, 1934, in Melrose Park, Illinois. He was the second child of Dr. Edward Mladick, and Gladys Castens, and brother to Dr. Edward Mladick.  He graduated with his B.A from Northwestern University in 1955, and then from Northwestern’s Medical School in 1959.  Eager to put his skills to work, he cut his teeth at Cook County Hospital in Illinois where he received on-the-ground emergency room training and completed his general surgery residency.  He completed his Plastic Surgery residency in 1967 at Duke University and joined the faculty.  He was designated an Advanced Clinical Fellow by the American Cancer Society and completed the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons Hand Course.  He was a consultant in Plastic Surgery for the Durham Veterans Administration hospital.

His Academic Appointments were numerous and include Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery at Duke University, Professor of Plastic Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, President of the Virginia Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, President of Seaboard Medical Society and Chairman of the Department of Surgery for Virginia Beach General Hospital, Director of Old Dominion Cleft Palate Clinic,  Director of Plastic Surgery Residents at Norfolk General, Director of Burn Unit Norfolk General, Director of Head & Neck Services at both the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hampton and Norfolk General Hospital, as well as Director of Eastern Virginia Cleft Palate and Orofacial Deformities clinic. He was truly a surgeon’s surgeon.

Fortunately for Hampton Roads, he brought his many skills to Virginia Beach where he helped meet the needs of many in the community as a true master of this craft, always doing so with the greatest of care and skill. He was a natural surgeon, and his great level of skill was only exceeded in magnitude by his gentle and positive bedside manner. He was licensed in Virginia, Florida, and California and was a trusted and respected member not only of the local medical community but nationally and internationally. He was an innovator and was recognized for his advancements in the field of plastic surgery.

But he was so much more than that.

He was an outstanding athlete who enjoyed tennis, golf, and skiing, both for the competition and the camaraderie. In his younger years he loved to run marathons and triathlons, often accompanied by Dr. George McGuire.

He was a first-rate father who enjoyed running with his daughter, Kristen, fishing with his son, Richard, and waterskiing with them both.

He was a devoted husband. He and the love of his life, Elly, traveled the world extensively, enjoying the United States, Europe, Asia, and Russia.  And they loved escaping the cold together to their home in Arizona for the winter.

He was a loyal friend. He had a passion for attending the Kentucky Derby each year with family friends, Morten and Ann Kasden, Pat and Judy Hogen, Michael and Marylin Vender, and Peter and Bari Armadio. As he got older, he enjoyed the “Old Guys Breakfast” organized by his close friend Tom Broyles, as well as frequent visits from his good friend Ranny Randolph.

He embraced the role of grandfather, affectionately known by his grandchildren as “Papa Doc”. He loved to quiz his grandchildren about current events and medicine and was known in the family as “The Salad King”.

He was a man of the community.  He had many friends from his time as both a triton and a King with the Neptune Festival, and he served enthusiastically as King Neptune the XXII, beard, scepter, crown, and all!

As a doctor, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and community servant, he excelled and lived a life well lived. He will be dearly missed.

Richard is preceded in death by his son, Richard Mladick, and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elly Mladick, daughter, Kristen M. Randolph and son-in-law, Gray Randolph, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Mladick and daughter-in-law, Lisa Brite as well as grandchildren, Ellie Randolph, Gray Randolph, Lexy Mladick, Dylan Mladick, Gage Mladick and Beckett Mladick.

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3 months ago


Tysha Theurer Edwards
4 months ago

Dear Kristen, and family. Please accept my deepest condolences for the passing of your father. I only met him a handful of times, but he certainly was a kind and gentleman with the character of a saint. Sending prayers of love, peace and strength during this difficult time.

Stephanie Spangler
4 months ago

To know and be part of the Mladick circle of love was a privilege and honor. He will always be in our hearts and remembered well for being more than an amazing physician to work for. Both Elly and Dr. M. ensured that we were all treated as family. To be on their staff was life changing, and has imprinted memories of kindness, understanding, learning and growing as a nurse, and as a person, and really experiencing the life lessons of generosity in spirit and in all ways.He will be always missed. and remembered with love a smile in my heart.

Denise Fedoriw
4 months ago

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man. Dr. Mladick was a staple in the community and if you knew him, you automatically loved him. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

Dony and Glenn Burnett
4 months ago

Forever Dicks Chicks. I have no words to describe of how much you will sorely be missed. You were more than my previous employer Dr. Mladick you and Elly were and are family. So many memories that I will treasure. Glenn is going to miss his helper and I’m going to miss our morning conversations of anything and everything! Love you forever. xxx
Dony and Glenn