Orin D. Myrick Jr., a retired director of biotechnology research at the W. R. Grace & Co. Washington Research Center in Columbia, died Jan. 30 of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Myrick, who was 73 and lived on Stevenson Lane, retired in 1981 after starting to work for what was then the Davison Chemical Co. in 1942. Earlier he worked briefly for the Calvert Distilling Co.
Known as Rick, he managed the Loch Raven Trap and Skeet Club for about five years after his retirement.
Born in Norfolk, Va., he attended the College of William and Mary and earned his chemical engineering degree at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
His wife, the former Gladys King, died in 1974.
He is survived by a daughter, Melinda Howard of Brockton, Mass., a sister, Mildred Hirschfeld of Ocean Pines; and three grandchildren.
Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.