Richard "Dick" Walters


Age: 90

founder and board member of Patient Choices Vermont who lead the effort to get the state to pass aid-in-dying legislation, in which the 2013 law allows a doctor to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to someone who is diagnosed as having six months or less to live and requests it (Vermont was the first state to enact an aid-in-dying law through legislation while others had done so through referendum), and who had been battling lung cancer since 2014.

Cause of Death: Physician-assisted suicide

Born: March 29, 1925

Died: October 16, 2015

Shelburne, Vermont