March 23, 1938 to September 24, 2013
Rich's zest for life is what I remember,
He had the courage to trust himself.
He had the confidence without approval.
He had the strength to fight the hardest battles.
He had the wisdom to weigh the outcome of his decisions.
He understood the challenges of the people with which he dealt and
willingly gave compassion to their struggles.
He had the ability to love his family in all situations.
He had the confidence in his staff, and was meticulous in the performance of their abilities, with understanding and guidance.
He had the desire to build things strong enough to last and the insight to fix things that were broken, especially in his dealings with others.
There was always an excitement of new discovery, especially when traveling and meeting new people.
The respect and appreciation of great minds helped him grow himself through well-written books, tasteful music and meaningful art.
He told me sometimes three and four times daily he was "the luckiest man alive."
I think he made his own luck.
Evie Weingardt, September 24, 202
The quip by humorist/philosopher Will Rogers rings true for engineers.
I ran across an article published by CU Engineering and authored by Rich in 2007. It speaks to today's climate and I am quoting the last two paragraphs. The wisdom is timeless. Also it seems appropriate for today's rapidly changing times in America.
More than any time in history, it's imperative that large numbers of razor-sharp engineers show up to lead and run things – to speak out loud and clear
Because the world changes fast and the need for engineering talent increases every year, it behooves tomorrow's engineers to hone their leadership skills to the fullest. If they do, if they can seize the moment as well-rounded professionals, not as narrowly focused technicians, they will lead, not follow, as they tackle the exciting and amazing challenges the future holds.
September 24, 2020