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Richard Huppertz

November 17, 2017


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Richard Ernst Huppertz, 85, passed gently and peacefully at his home on November 17, 2017, in the loving presence of his daughter Birgit, her husband Luis, and two dear friends. His survivors include his daughter, Birgit Huppertz Quezada, his son, Mark Huppertz, his grandchildren, Adalie Byers and Ryan Byers, and his great-grandson, Bentley Byers, as well as many close friends and relatives. Born in New York City on July 21, 1932 to his parents Katherine and Bernd Huppertz, Dick, as his mother nicknamed him, spent much of his childhood in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His early interests included music, aviation, and art. His mother was an operatic soprano and his father, a well-known conductor. As a youth, he piloted small planes and later became an accomplished glider pilot who earned his diamond badge for his extraordinary skill in soaring. As an adult, he enjoyed dancing, jazz, yoga, pilates, skiing, art, and classic films.

A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Dick became well-known for the innovative design features that he introduced as head of Westinghouse’s Corporate Design Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later served for over 20 years as Account Manager for the prominent graphic design firm Saul Bass and Associates in Los Angeles, California, where he managed such accounts as Exxon Mobil, the Girl Scouts, AT&T, United Airlines, Lawry, and United Way. His expertise and intelligence spread worldwide as he aligned corporate objectives with local needs. Dick’s accomplishments far surpassed his genuine modesty.

Most of all, Dick loved his family, was a loyal friend and colleague, and smiled at life’s vicissitudes with an enduring optimism. We will miss seeing him, and he will remain forever in our hearts.

Everyone is welcome to attend the memorial service honoring Dick’s life at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 8th, in the chapel at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park, 1700 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol, California.