In Memoriam: Mr. Richard Haverland '59

In Memoriam: Mr. Richard Haverland '59

Since beginning classes at Chaminade High School in 1955, Richard "Dick" Haverland has personified the ideals of the Chaminade Man and dedicated his life to advancing the mission of our school. Over the past six decades, Dick and his wife Rosemary have contributed millions of dollars to the Torch Fund, Chaminade's unrestricted endowment, and to scholarship and financial aid.

Dick passed away on Saturday, December 9, surrounded by his wife Rosemary and loving family. Chaminade High School is blessed to have them as loyal and loving benefactors. In late 2012, Dick and his wife made an unrestricted gift of $5,000,000 to the Torch Fund, which at the time was the largest gift in Chaminade's history. He and his wife also made a gift of the same amount to Access for All, Chaminade's latest campaign for need-based financial aid awards. To this day, Dick is the single-largest donor to Chaminade High School.

"I sat in front of Dick in homeroom for our four years as students," said Director Emeritus of Development and Alumni Relations Bro. Richard Hartz, S.M. "To witness his dedication and love for Chaminade over the years has been a marvelous grace."

After graduating from Princeton in 1963 and earning an MBA from Stanford in 1965, Dick held a succession of posts in the insurance and finance industries, including CFO and eventually president and CEO of Progressive Insurance. He also served as executive vice president of American Premier Underwriters, vice chairman and later CEO and chairman of Continental Insurance Corporation, and chairman, president, and CEO of Highlands Insurance Group. In retirement, Dick served on numerous boards and was elected to serve eight years as a city council member in Indian River Shores, Florida. As a result, Dick received Chaminade's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.

"Dick has been extraordinarily generous to Chaminade," explained President Bro. Thomas Cleary, S.M. '81. "Whenever there has been a need, he has been one of the first to respond. Thousands of Flyers have benefited from his generosity."

When interviewed on the impact of the Access for All program in 2021, Dick explained, "I like to do my giving while I'm living, so I'm knowing where it's going." Thank you, Mr. Haverland, for your unwavering commitment to the value of a Chaminade education.

May he rest in peace!

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