Invacare inventor has passed away
ELYRIA, Ohio – Joseph B. Richey, who founded Invacare with Mal Mixon, died of cancer on Nov. 23, according to the Chronicle-Telegram. He was 79. Richey was president of Invacare’s Technologies Division and senior vice president of electronic and design engineering when he retired from the company about a year ago. Richey, an inventor and innovator, was instrumental in the development of the HomeFill Oxygen System. He also helped develop gearless-brushless motors and digital controls for power wheelchairs. He held numerous patents.