Deceased January 8, 2022

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In Memory

Rick Eggers died on Jan. 8 at NYU Langone medical center. He was active and serving on civic boards through December, quietly opting out of a budget meeting as he was heading off to surgery.

After receiving an M.A. from Syracuse and a J.D. from George Washington, Rick worked for the IRS in pension taxation, then for TIAA in NYC before retiring in 2006.

He loved traveling internationally, often as the photographer assisting a freelance travel writer. For 20 summers, he spent a week every July with family at Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks. More adventuresome travel took him to Egypt, Israel, Morocco and China in his later years.

In addition to being an expert photographer, Rick became an accomplished chef, hosting NYC dinner parties for close friends and amazing his family at gatherings on Canandaigua Lake.

His passions were serving on and, in 2015–16, chairing Community Board Six (East Side of Manhattan) and advancing policy through the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club. He was noted for advocating city capital projects, senior services and transportation upgrades, for adding a lawyerly bent to discussions and for being “a dear friend and mentor to many, simultaneously injecting decorum and humor into his civic work.”

With his siblings, Rick established a family foundation to support the arts, education and hospitals in Upstate New York and NYC, including Children of Bellevue Inc. and NY City Center.

The class of ’72 extends heartfelt sympathies to Rick’s family.

—Bill Eggers