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Richard L. Herbruck


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Richard L. Herbruck

Richard L. Herbruck, age 81, died Monday, November 25, in North Canton, Ohio.

Born October 10, 1932 to the late Walter and Elva Herbruck, Rich grew up in the Firestone Park area of Akron, attending Garfield High School, playing football for Babe Flossie (earning all-City and All-Ohio titles), while pursuing his passion as a percussionist earning State Snare Drum Champion all four years of his high school career. He went on to Kiski Prep School in Saltsburg, Pa., then to Princeton University, where he was a three-year starter as a lineman with the Tigers. In 1954, he was named All-Ivy League and was one of six guards named to the United Press All-East squad. In his senior year after the Harvard game, weighing only 171 pounds the New York Times said, "Up front the lightweight guards, particularly Richie Herbruck, stood out defensively… One of the turning points of the game was Herbruck's ability to stop 215 pound Culver for no gain on a fourth-and-one situation at the 10 yard line." While at Princeton Rich fell in love with Dixieland (a drummer's delight) and played and recorded for Stan Rubin and the Tigertown Five, at that time one of the leading college bands on the east coast. If studying, football and music were not enough, Rich's Army ROTC program kept him busy, graduating with honors as a 2nd Lieutenant.

After his graduation in 1955, Rich's professional career began with IBM and that same year he married Donna Michael; they were together for 43 wonderful years before she passed away in 1998. Rich enjoyed a successful career with IBM; he enjoyed being an IBMer and made many friends throughout his career. He and his family lived in New York, Detroit and Chicago, where he was cited by the governor of Illinois for his community service work. Rich returned to Akron in 1977 as a Senior Account Executive, retiring from IBM in 1990 and in 1993 Rich received the honor of being inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.

In May 2001, Rich married Elva Ray, an IBM colleague and personal friend. The augmented family consisting of son, Rich Herbruck, his sons Kevin and Michael; daughter, Sue and husband John Boughton and their children, Katy (John) Hansen, Whitney and Scott Boughton; daughter, Betsy Ray and her son, Cameron and a great-grandson, Benjamin Hansen.

Rich and Elva spent 13 loving years together telling their family and friends "how lucky they were to have one another".

Rich touched the lives of countless students, colleagues and families as a respected mentor and friend and was recognized many times for his service to his professional life, his alma mater and community. Woven throughout his life was the thread of Princeton. He was active in alumni affairs after graduation, served as Chairman of the Alumni Council Committee on Athletics, as a committee member to nominate University Trustees, as a class Annual Giving Chairman and class officer and received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to Princeton in 1980. He helped recruit more than 50 scholar-athletes to attend Princeton and helped more than 30 Princeton graduates get jobs at IBM. In Akron, he served on the Canal Square YMCA Executive Board helping to rejuvenate the Summit County YMCA system into what it is today. He was the United Way chairman at IBM and his reputation for excellence among his colleagues remains. He was a family man, a gentle man, a professional, a scholar, and an athlete, running his first marathon on his 50th birthday. He was known among many as HTG, "Herbie the Good".

Rich is survived by his wife, Elva; his three children, Rich of Akron, Ohio, Sue of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Betsy of Toledo, Ohio; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and his brother, Walter Herbruck of Sebring, Fla.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 North Prospect Street, Akron, Ohio 44304. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to the Princeton Alumni Corps, (a non-profit organization to mobilize alumni, students and others to provide leadership and develop and implement solutions to problems affecting public interest), 12 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to the AKRON AREA YMCA, 50 South Main, LL100, Akron, Ohio 44308. The Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements. Those wishing to share a fond memory or their condolences may sign the Reed on-line guestbook at our website http://www.reedfuneralhome.com/.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Dec. 8, 2013
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