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Richard Dorsey Irwin

Richard Dorsey Irwin, American publisher. Richard D. Irwin Graduate School Management of America College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania named in his honor; recipient Solomon S. Huebner Gold medal, 1988, Community Service award Anti-Defamation League, 1988; 2d annual Alumni Admissions Program HED Achievement award, 1989; Paul Harris fellow, 1988.

Background

  • Irwin, Richard Dorsey was born on November 2, 1905 in St. Joseph, Missouri, United States. Son of William Herbert and Ida Ferrell (Dorsey) Irwin.

  • Education

    • Student, University Illinois, 1927. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Ball State University, 1970.

    Career

    • Manager college department A.W. Shaw Company, 1928, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1928-1932. Chairman, founder Richard D. Irwin, Inc., Homewood, Illinois, 1933-1975, chairman emeritus, 1975. Honorary chairman Dorsey Press, Learning Systems Company, Business Publications, Inc., Irwin-Dorsey International, Dow Jones-Irwin, Inc.

      Director emeritus 1st National Bank of Harvey. Consultant O.P.A., 1943. Owner, operator Lin-Drake Farms.

      President Irwin Porperties, Homewood, Irwin Jet Services, Irwin Enterprises.

    Membership

    Member District 161 School Board, Flossmoor, Illinois, 1948-1954. Chairman board Irwin Family Foundation. Trustee University Illinois Foundation, Glenwood School for Boys.

    Member American Association Collegiate Schools Business, American Accounting Association, American, Midwest, Southern economic associations, American Marketing Association, Midwest Business Administration Association, American Business Law Association, Professional Golfers Association (national advisory committee), Alpha Kappa Psi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Beta Gamma Sigma (1st Presidential award 1988). Clubs: Olympia Fields (Illinois) Country, Flossmoor Country, Chicago Athletic Association.

    Connections

    • Married Ellen J. Mersch, November 9, 1988. Children from previous marriage: Jacqueline Marie Irwin Pipher, Richard Dorsey, Junior.
    • father: William Herbert Irwin
    • mother: Ida Ferrell (Dorsey) Irwin
    • spouse: Ellen J. Mersch
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    Born November 2, 1905
    Died November 26, 1989
    (aged 84)
    Nationality
    • 1927
      University Illinois
    • 1970
      Ball State University
    • 1928
      Manager, college department A.W. Shaw Company
    • 1928 - 1932
      Manager, college department A.W. Shaw Company
    • 1933 - 1975
      chairman
      Homewood, Illinois, United States