On April 11, 2014 George Richard Alexander Maitland passed peacefully in his sleep at his residence in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Richard was a professional dancer for 50 years and later a teacher and choreographer. He appeared at the age of six wearing a tuxedo to tap dance with Spanky Alfalfa and Darla as part of the Our Gang Comedies.

He appeared in cabaret, television and in several movies before his run on Broadway in Call Me Madame, Brigadoon, The Red Mill, Song of Norway and Lil Abner.

Richard toured the world, South America, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Italy, France, Greece, England, and India. He fell in love with Bombay and Calcutta and settled in New Delhi, India where he lived for six years. The Children’s Dance Theater he organized there brought him to the attention of Prime Minister Nehru and Mother Teresa. He served to generate funds for their many charities through his dance performances and later his art exhibits.  During one of the exhibits of his paintings, collages and mobiles he met Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy.  He cherished a personal letter from her thanking him for his expression of sorrow at the death of her husband, President John Kennedy.

Upon his return to the U.S. from India he made residence in Santa Fe New Mexico where he operated his own gallery for over 25 years.   In addition, during his residence in Santa Fe he performed at the Armory for the Arts and taught dance at the College of Santa Fe. He showed his work in over 30 galleries from coast to coast where he was the featured artist.

In 1993 he moved to Rio Rancho and built a gallery addition to his home where he showed his work and as the consummate entertainer, welcomed his admirers and friends to lavish ethnic dinners he himself prepared .

His art is represented in many private collections including Jacqueline Kennedy, Ambassador and Mrs. Bunker, Prime Minister Nehru, Ralph Bellamy, Blake Edwards, Phyllis Diller, Jack Lemmon, Jerry Lewis, R.C. Gorman,  Johnny Mercer, Martha Ray and Harpo Marx to name only a few.

He continued a lifelong correspondence with Chita Rivera, Kay Ballard and many other show business “Gypsys” around the world.

During his lifetime he received many honors.  Most recently he was granted the designation of Local Treasure 2013 by the Albuquerque Art Business Association.

His vast collection of theater memorabilia will be housed in the Performing Arts Museum in San Francisco while his Maitland Clan genealogical records, photos and family artifacts have been included in the files of the Clan in the U.S. and in England.  His vast music collection will be housed at the University of Arizona. His paintings are a part of the permanent collections of the Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum and the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts.

He is survived by his sister Cathleen Orr of Albuquerque, his brother Michael Bailey of Washington, his nephew Christian Orr, niece Leigh Alvarado both of California, his nieces Kelly Jurgens, Shelly Hastings and nephew Michael Bailey Jr. of Washington.

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