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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.


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


Student, University Illinois, 1924-1927;honorary Doctor of Laws, Ball State University, 1970.


Manager college department, A.W. Shaw Company, 1928;Manager college department, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1928-1932;chairman, founder, Richard D. Irwin, Inc., Homewood, Illinois, 1933-1975;chairman emeritus, Richard D. Irwin, Inc., Homewood, 1975. Honorary chairman Dorsey Press, Learning Systems Company, Business Publs., 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 Superior vena cava syndrome, Irwin Enterprises.


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.


Married Ellen J. Mersch, November 9, 1988. Children from previous marriage: Jacqueline Marie Irwin Pipher, Richard Dorsey, Junior.

William Herbert Irwin

Ida Ferrell (Dorsey) Irwin

Ellen J. Mersch