Howard B Richter

Profile Updated: April 19, 2015
Residing In: deerfield, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: patti
Occupation: commercial real estate appraiser
Children: Andrew, born 1980

Sharon, born 1983
Military Service: Conciencious objector. Alternate service
Yes! Attending Reunion
Post secondary school education

BA, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois

MA, University of Chicago

What's happened since leaving Central

I married in 1970 and graduate school was interrupted in 1971 when I was drafted, so my thesis in American Foreign Policy never completed. I began my career in commercial real estate appraising immediately upon leaving grad school in 1973, attaining my MAI designation in 1983. I have owned my own firm since 1983, based in Chicago but having appraised properties in 11 states. I still am the sole owner of the company, but I have recently associated with my son's firm (under his separate ownership for several years) so that I can reduce my hours to focus on travel and several journal articles I have been urged go write.

School Story:

My goal in high school was to be average - as unnoticed as possible. I largely succeeded, so if you do not remember me, you are not alone. The only exception was my American history paper from original sources - in my case finding John Adams' personal notes from the Boston Massacre trial. The right teacher at CHS saw to it that the right professor at Penn saw them, and so long after I had thought my parents were right and I was never going to be going to college I got a full ride to an obscure small college. In that fertile ground, 500+ miles from home, I discovered the subliminal education I had tried so hard to avoid while in high school and rose to be highly recognized in my chosen profession and very satisfied in my personal life.

Central's influence in my life

I consider myself proof that a well crafted education can never be avoided, no matter how hard one tries to deny it.

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Jun 05, 2019 at 7:39 AM

Happy Birthday. Your insights are so clear, and needed on this web-site. Hope we hear from you, Howard.

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Howard, you were not as invisible as you thought. You added much insight to every class, and clearly carved your own path. HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS!

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Apr 26, 2015 at 8:25 PM

Howard: thanks for giving us some additional insight into Lee,s life. The phenomenon of social outpouring - or Avalanche, as I put it elsewhere - on his page is really striking. Dan

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Apr 26, 2015 at 4:33 PM

I was a friend of Lee Stanley's while in high school, although perhaps to my greater shame, not while AT high school. My father died when I was young and Cantor Stanley was perhaps my only father figure in those years - if only because I didn't lose my male soprano voice until my senior year and I stayed in the choir for the attention I got doing many of the solos. I was invited to many of the Stanley family lunches after shabbat services or Sunday School, where I stayed on after confirmation as a student aide, and often joined them for a Phillies game either live or on TV. Lee and I traded baseball cards, explored back rooms of the Franklin Institute where my older brother had been well known several years before, or explored used book stores for sheet music and recordings (I too was an early classical music and opera fan). Then Monday through Friday, I too ignored Lee, even though I was hardly one of the"in crowd" myself. My goal in high school was to be average - not to be noticed, or singled out in any way. I was afraid if people knew I knew Lee, I too would be seen as..... Now, there's a question. What was Lee seen as in 1965? We didn't know about autism or ASD. Certainly no one would question his intelligence, or suggest he didn't belong at Central academically. Did he ever go to college? I ddin't see it in these remembrances, and since I have spent only two days in Philadephia since leaving for college, I have no way to know. Today, he would have received special attention (if needed) in classes, time on the SATs, been sought after by colleges recognizing diversity, and the skills he apparently had as an archivist mght have resulted in some great gains for society. Perhaps it would only have allowed him to gain a far more productive life than I picture him having in that modest home I remember from the hours I spent there with his loving family, as one by one they passed away. And certainly it would have allowed this very understanding and forgiving man to have influenced many more lives than he did, and influenced them long before his death. Next week, I will be talking to my now-adult children, and in a few years I will talk to my now young grandchildren, about perhaps the most understanding person I ever knew and how little I understood about him and myself until today. That will be my tribute to Lee, and I very small appreciation of the lesson it took my so long to learn from him.

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