Richard Prosl

February 14, 2021
Richard Prosl

PROSL, Richard Hale, “Dick”, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on February 14th, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Carol Lovell Prosl, and daughters, Elizabeth P. Arnold (Jeff) of Brentwood, TN, Karen P. Firestone (Rob) of Midlothian, VA, and grandchildren, Caitlyn, Kyle, and Hayley. He is also survived by his sisters, Janet Ragland (Ron) of Richmond, VA, and Nancy Mader (Fred) of Staunton, VA. His parents, Harry and Verna Prosl predeceased him.

Richard was born in Springfield, MA on April 21st, 1938. Richard attended the College of William of Mary (class of ‘59). He received his B.S. from William and Mary, a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University (England) and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Richard H. Prosl joined the faculty of the College of William and Mary in 1966 as a professor of Mathematics. In the fall of 1984, Professor Prosl joined with other mathematicians and computer scientists to form the Department of Computer Science, which he chaired for many years. Professor Prosl was best known by his colleagues for his truly outstanding record of service to his alma mater. He served as a freshman/sophomore advisor for thirty-four years and as a Faculty Marshal for thirty-five years, the last eleven as Chief Marshal; leading academic processions at graduations and other official ceremonies.

His enthusiasm for teaching was central to his career. He is best remembered by his students for his course in computer graphics. Students always enjoyed his sense of humor and style of teaching. His Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8am classes were always a “full house”. He is remembered for always taking the time to talk with students, and he shared a genuine interest in making meaningful connections. Dick also served on the Board of the Wesley Foundation of the College of William and Mary.

In his personal and professional life, Dick was known for his warmth, wit and intellect.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Respite Care Program at Williamsburg United Methodist Church (WUMC Respite, 500 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA), or to the Fund for William and Mary (

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  • February 21, 2021
    Beth Prosl Salsedo says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • August 19, 2021
    S. R. Zubkoff says:
    Carol, i’m sorry, i just read about your loss. I hope you are managing ok.

  • March 06, 2021
    Richard and Carole Summerville says:
    Thinking of you and sending condolences. Wishing comfort and wonderful memories to the Prosl family.

  • February 28, 2021
    Olivier Anslijn says:
    Sincere condolences. I join you in thought and in prayer from all my heart.

  • February 25, 2021
    robert anslijn says:
    very sad to hear about the passing of Dick Prosl. We deeply regret that we did not grow a closer relationship.. Arlette and I send you all our compassion