The RTD Person of the Year program honors servant-leaders and others who strengthen and highlight the Richmond region. Here are our honorees for 2018.


Dr. Bob A. Archuleta, founder of Noah’s Children, a pediatric hospice and palliative care program, was named 2017 RTD Person of the Year on Tuesday.

“I certainly live in awe and admiration of the families that Noah’s Children takes care of,” Archuleta said, as he accepted the honor during a luncheon at the Omni Richmond Hotel that included a crowd of about 480 people. The luncheon honored 24 people for their contributions to, or achievements in, the Richmond region in recent years.


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About RTD Person of the Year

The RTD introduced its Person of the Year program in 2015, which was a special year for the news company.

First, it was the 165th anniversary of the RTD, which has been Richmond's leading news source since 1850. Second, 2015 was the 40th year of the RTD's Discover Richmond publication. It began as an annual guidebook to the region, but in the anniversary year, the RTD expanded Discover Richmond to a broader magazine franchise.

The RTD views its work as a service to Richmond, so to celebrate the milestone year, it decided to recognize – in a significant way – those who make the Richmond region better.

The RTD Person of the Year program has three components:

  • First, the RTD invites nominations from the public. Countless people – business leaders and teachers, artists and coaches, doctors and nonprofit leaders, volunteers and philanthropists — have made Richmond an increasingly renowned region for its civic accomplishments, and the RTD welcomes suggestions from throughout the community.

  • Second, the RTD holds a celebration event focusing on the honorees it selects for recognition. Some are cited for their achievements during a particular year or in recent years, and some are cited for lifelong or ongoing contributions to the Richmond region. They and their guests come together to be recognized individually and as an impressive group.

  • And third – and most notably – the RTD shares the honorees' stories with its huge audience. The RTD devotes an issue of its Discover Richmond magazine to the honorees.