Hershel Rich (1925 - 2012):
On February 17, Hershel Rich passed away at the age of 86. A native Houstonian, he graduated from Rice with BS degrees in Electrical ('45) and Mechanical Engineering ('47). After military service, he joined his father in the Phil Rich Fan Manufacturing Company and became president in 1956. After the business was sold in 1981, he started a computer software company and real estate development firms.
Hershel and his wife Hilda ‘48 were actively involved in the community and at Rice. They established the Hershel Rich Best Invention Award, the Hilda Rich Scholarship Fund, the Morty Rich Health Center Building and Leadership Rice. In 1994, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus and they were recognized by Rice with the 2002 Gold Medal.
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