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Feb.13, 2008

Vol. 108, No. 8


Frank Domenic Rich Jr. ’45

Published in the Feb.13, 2008, issue

Frank Rich died Aug. 7, 2007, at his home in Darien, Conn.

Frank entered Princeton in 1941 ahead of his brother, Bob ’48. At Princeton he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team and Elm Club. He enrolled in the Marine Corps in 1943 and spent some time in the V-12 program at Cornell, returning to Princeton to receive a civil engineering degree in 1944. He was commissioned a lieutenant in 1945 and then spent a year in China.

In 1948, Frank married Jean Hopkins. He was called back to service in 1951 for active duty in the Mediterranean. His entire career was spent with the family construction firm, F.D. Rich Co., working with Bob on projects from Alaska to the Virgin Islands. The company was largely responsible for the redevelopment of downtown Stamford, Conn.

Frank had a strong interest in the arts and was founder of the Stamford Center for the Arts. The Rich Forum Theater in Stamford was named in recognition of the family’s financial support.

Jean, the couple’s six children, and 13 grandchildren survive Frank. The class expresses its sympathy to them all.

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