Harold Rick Hite

January 4, 1939 - February 9, 2024

Memorial Gifts & Donations

Norfolk- On Friday, February 9, 2024 Dr. Harold Rick Hite, 85, passed away due to natural causes.

The eldest son of Gertrude and Howard Hite, Rick grew up with his younger brother, Rod, in Altoona, PA.

Rick went to Dartmouth College for undergraduate studies, John’s Hopkins for his master’s, then Michigan State for his doctoral work.

He began the theater department at Virginia Wesleyan college in the late 60’s where he dedicated himself to his passion of theater until his retirement 1999 as professor emeritus. As well as serving as a senior faculty member in theater and communications, Rick was constantly involved in productions and acting outside of the college in theaters, film, radio and advertisements, too many to mention.

Rick is survived by his wife, Barbara, and children, Christopher, Jonathan, and Margaret.

There will be no formal services, we ask that you celebrate his life in ways he would appreciate, food, wine, a good book, a beautiful sunrise on the beach, or traveling the world and meeting new and interesting people.

Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater is assisting his family. Please share memories and express condolences at CandFServices.com.


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D. Barry Lipscomb
20 hours ago

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” While certainly applicable to my memorable colleague, Rick, these words from Shakespeare’s As You Like It don’t fully describe him. While he did portray roles and direct many student players on the stage, while serving as the pioneer faculty member in the theatre department of Virginia Wesleyan College, his contributions during its nascent years extended far beyond the footlights. Those of us in that early cadre accepted, even relished, the rare… Read more »

Cassandra Gray
1 day ago

Beloved Hite Family: Bobbi, Meggie, Jon, Chris, and grandchildren.

There are memories of dancing merrily on a bright Christmas day, attending a few of Rick’s plays at Virginia Wesleyan, and many others.

I have missed the days long ago, in your home, at the kitchen table, just enjoying the inspiration there.

I offer my deepest sympathy at this time of Rick’s passing, and prayers that you may find comfort and peace.


Last edited 1 day ago by Cassandra Gray
3 days ago

My condolences. Loved working with Rick at TDT back in the 1980s.

5 days ago

My condolences to Rick’s family and to Bobbie. I too have fond
memories of my introduction to theater and the encouragement they gave to generations of budding performers.

Pam McClure
6 days ago

I was so sorry to hear of this. It gutted me. My best to his family, especially Bobbie. I loved having him as my theatre professor.i also loved how Rick and Bobbie opened their house and hearts to us.

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