My father’s trusted friend and fellow adventurer, Rich was much more than a business partner – he was like family. As a passionate philanthropist, Rich was enthusiastic about Van Andel Institute from the beginning. He and Helen were among the first to lend their support to our mission to improve human health, while also generously giving to other endeavors throughout Grand Rapids in healthcare, education, commerce and culture. Rich was truly one of Grand Rapids’ great leaders. He had vision, spirit and perseverance – all of which he used to make life better for everyone around him. His dedication to our city has forever changed our community, and for that, we are eternally grateful. David Van Andel, Chairman and CEO, Van Andel Institute