At Princeton Rich earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering with high honors. He was the manager and photographer for the football team, a member of the stained-glass workshop and Tau Beta, and ate independently.
After Princeton Rich earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern. He spent 15 years with KMS Fusion and spent the rest of his career in Ford’s (later Visteon’s) glass research division.
Rich is survived by his wife of 31 years, Margaret; son Joseph; stepdaughter Grace Engels; and grandchildren Evelyn, Elizabeth,