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BOLIN Richard (Dick) L. Bolin, 90, passed away in Flagstaff, Arizona on June 12, 2013. Dick grew up in the Boston area and later served in the US Army 1942-46, at College Station, TX, and California. His academic credentials included degrees in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in advanced management from Harvard Business School. During work as a consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc. (ADL) in Cambridge, MA, he assisted in the development of ”Operation Bootstrap” in Puerto Rico (1957-61), then Mexico City (1961-1974), to direct Latin American operations for ADL. Dick conducted the 1964 study for the Mexican government to assist with economic development in border areas, and his vision resulted in the creation of the first of thousands of “Maquila” export factories throughout Mexico and Central America. Dick coined the phrase “twin plants” to describe the concept, and became recognized as an expert in the use of industrial parks as foci for effective job creation and infrastructure improvements in developing countries. In 1974, Dick established and managed International Parks, the Flagstaff Institute, and later, the World Economic Processing Zones Association (WEPZA) to advance his belief in the “efficiency of the modern economic processing zone (EPS) to lead poor countries out of poverty.” Dick is survived by his children, Richard, Jr., Douglas (Sharon), Judith Babbitt, Barbara (Tom) Eickmeyer, and Elizabeth, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a granddaughter.

Published in Boston Herald on July 12, 2013
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