Marlene Loiser '94 speaks about Rick Richter

Rick has been a friend of CRS and a friend to many alumni since his first year at camp in 1950. Marlene Loiser '94 wrote about her relationship with Rick, shared below.

Rick Richter has been my friend for 21 of my 35 years.  He has also been my mentor and has shown me the value of intergenerational friendships, paying it forward and the commitment it takes to nourish and do one's part in fostering an institution from which we have benefited so much, so that  it can continue to serve others.  Rick and I met at Clinton Corners in July 1994 when he gave an instruction about the college application process.  I took notes from his instruction on a scrap piece of thin cardboard that I periodically looked at throughout high school and that I used as an "instructional manual" when it was time to apply for college the fall of my senior year.  Rick walked me through the process and wrote letters of recommendation for me to the 11 undergraduate schools to which I applied, all the law schools, the LLM program and then the PhD program I am completing now.  I still have that piece of cardboard.  It is an important reminder for me of how the path to accomplishing goals can start.  Without Rick, my academic and professional life would not be quite like what it is today, or perhaps for the hundreds of other students he has also helped along the way.

After my summer at CRS, Rick called me every single year for my birthday.  We talked, and he showed me what it meant for a mentor to be interested in what you were doing and to be willing to help in any way he could to help foster your goals.  Our friendship grew to include my younger brother and our trips to Albany to see him, and then to include my husband and our trips to Sleepy Hollow to see him, and now to include each of my, soon-to-be-five, children - all of whom he has always welcomed over a meal.  After leaving home for college, wherever I was, I always found a way to visit Rick, whether from Boston, Houston, Washington D.C., Florence, Italy or across the bridge in the Hudson Valley.  From Rick I learned so much about friendship and especially the value of intergenerational friendships, which I learned to re-create with others in my life.

Rick has also taught me the importance of dedication and commitment to a larger institution.  Other than the handful of friends from Camp with whom I still keep in regular touch, Rick has been what has anchored me to the Louis August Jonas Foundation.  Without my relationship with Rick, I do not know if I would have felt such a tie to an institution that has given me so much, or would have felt a sense of devotion and loyalty to want to give back, like he has, throughout the course of my lifetime.  

I am truly blessed to have a friend like Rick.  For his friendship, I will forever be grateful.  I invite you to join me in honoring Rick Richter on his 85th Birthday.

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