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RCC Community Mourns Passing of Former Board Chair Richard “Dick” Voigt

Richard E. “Dick” Voigt, a 10-year member of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees and past Board chairman, died July 4, 2018 at his home in New City, N.Y., at age 82. Mr. Voigt served on the Board over two separate terms, from 2005 to 2012, and again from 2015 to 2018, and held the position of Board chair from 2010 to 2012. He was known for his collegial manner, consensus-building approach, and selflessness in service to the students of RCC.

Mr. Voigt was a longtime entrepreneur, community activist, musician and Rockland County resident for more than 45 years. Since selling his restaurant franchises and retiring in 1988, he dedicated most of his time to community service. He was founder and chairman of the board of Open Arms, a Haverstraw-based alcohol and drug rehabilitation center.

Mr. Voigt moved to Rockland in 1971 and owned and operated the High Tor Vineyards and Winery until 1976, when he converted the property to farmland, later donating it to the state. It is now part of the Palisades Interstate Park system.

Mr. Voigt is survived by his wife, Elisabeth; four children, two of whom attended RCC; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.

A “celebration of life” service for Mr. Voigt is to be held Friday, July 13, at 11 am at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, N.Y. Inurnment will be private.

Richard Voigt Obituary

Tribute to Trustee Richard E. Voight by President Emeritus Cliff L. Wood