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The DeVos name is one of the most well-known at Northwood University, and a name tied to our philosophy that will ensure our ability to educate tomorrow’s business leaders long into the future. Yesterday, the Northwood family received the sad news that Richard DeVos passed away at the age of 92. Rich and his late wife Helen not only provided the naming gift for Northwood’s DeVos Graduate School of Management, but together, with their family, they helped to put into place the foundation of free enterprise and liberty for all. From the entrepreneurial spirit he embodied as a successful businessman and job creator, to the countless communities and organizations he served with his time, talents and philanthropy, Rich DeVos was an example of the Northwood Idea at work in the world. You can read the full story of the DeVos family here, from a publication of Northwood’s annual In Defense of Capitalism, to truly see the great legacy of Rich and Helen DeVos and their family.

As we honor the memory and legacy of a great man, I encourage our Northwood family members to reflect upon all the DeVos family has shared with our university, and to keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. The world, and no doubt all of us, are better for the lessons learned from his generation, and his dedication to making our university successful for many generations to come.



Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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