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Richard Klemm, BE, January 1950

Richard Klemm (Jan 50)After graduation from Taft, Richard earned his engineering degree from Purdue Univ. and then served during the Korean War.

In the family's manufacturing company, Food Warming Equipment Co., Inc., he holds five U.S. patents and advanced to become president and chairman of the board.

In McHenry County, an interest in politics led him to elected positions in Nunda Township, the District 46 Board of Education (president) and chairing the county board.

Beginning in 1980, he has served with distinction in the Illinois General Assembly representing District 32 as state representative and state senator, from which he announced his retirement.

In 2003, Richard was presented with the Centegra Health System “Community Leader Award,” given to individuals who have demonstrated service on a broad scale resulting in improvements and contributions in community service and overall community health