December 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Triangle Fraternity Mourns the Loss of Br. Richard H. Sudheimer minn52
PLAINFIELD, IN. – Triangle Education Foundation mourns the loss of Richard H. Sudheimer minn52. Brother Sudheimer passed way Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at age 81.
Initiated at the University of Minnesota Triangle Chapter June 1, 1952, Richard graduated in 1956 with a degree in engineering. He retired after more than 30 years in advanced development planning with the U.S. Air Force.
Richard had a large presence in Triangle Fraternity. Brother Sudheimer served on the National Council from 1972 to 1976 and as the Fraternity’s National President from 1974-1975. He was named a Director of the Triangle Education Foundation in 1982 and served as their Secretary and Treasurer. He was elected a Lifetime Director Emeritus of the Foundation in 2009.
Richard was committed to the Greek community and held various leadership positions. He served as a Director of the National Interfraternity Conference Director (now the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and its President in 1978. In addition, he was a Director of the National Interfraternity Foundation (NICF) and served as its Chairman from 1987-1988. He continued to stay involved as recently as 2009 when he attended the Centennial Celebration for the North-American Interfraternity Conference, and was part of a team that lobbied on Capitol Hill to our Nation’s leaders for passage of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act.
Brother Sudheimer is a recipient of the Triangle Service Key – the highest honor bestowed to member – and the Top Triangle Award. Richard also received the NIC Gold Medal, awarded to individuals in recognition of lifelong service to the fraternity movement who are models of selfless service, visionary leadership, and courage of conviction in 1987.
In 2007 Triangle Fraternity, in recognition of Richard’s lifetime service to Triangle and the Greek community, established an award named in Richard’s honor, the Richard H. Sudheimer Interfraternal Leadership Award. Award recipients are non-members of Triangle Fraternity who are recognized for their significant contributions for the betterment of the interfraternal movement – actions Brother Sudheimer supported with unwavering dedication. In Triangle’s history, there are seven men and women who have received the Sudheimer Interfraternal Leadership Award. Richard personally handed the award to six of those seven recipients at various receptions around the country.
National President Jeffrey T. Weikinger tol97 says of Richard, “The Triangle family is mourning the loss of a man who exemplified the values of our Fraternity. He built relationships and friendships everywhere he went. His character spoke volumes for his work, convictions, and belief in the advancement of the American college fraternity.”
Funeral arrangements and memorial dedications have not yet been finalized.