Reich receives honorary degree

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Chemistry major attended TU in the 1950s

Former TU chemistry student Cecil Reich of Midland, Michigan, was awarded an honorary bachelor of science degree in November 2013. Reich attended TU in the 1950s after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He also attended the University of Oregon and was drafted to the war in 1941 while studying at Oregon State University.

Reich left TU before graduating to take a job with Dowell Industries. He retired from the Dow Chemical Company in 1982. TU granted the honorary bachelor’s degree on November 20, 2013, for Reich’s long and distinguished career in the field of science. His granddaughters presented him with the diploma at Christmas. Reich passed away January 24, 2014, at the age of 94.

“I will be forever grateful that the university chose to honor my father with his diploma,” said Reich’s daughter, Charlotte Atton. “He died knowing he had received this honor and that he was truly a Golden Hurricane.”

Gail Ellis