Daniel O. Reich ’53 died on February 14, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York.
(The following was published in The New York Times, February 22-23, 2018:)
The family of Daniel Oehler Reich mourn the passing of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather on February 14, 2018. The son of Therese (Teddy) and Stanley Reich, Dan was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on Christmas Day 1931. He spent his formative years in Bay Ridge and graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in 1949. Upon graduation, he attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Following his graduation in 1953, Dan proudly served two years in the US Marine Corps.
Dan and his wife of sixty-one years, Olive (Buerk), have homes in Bay Ridge and Shelter Island, NY, and in St. Pete’s Beach, FL.
Dan was an avid self-taught sailor who enjoyed the thrill of racing, and he fondly leveraged the Bowdoin polar bear mascot in naming the family’s boats. When not sailing his beloved Stuart Knockabout, Ol’ Bear, Dan could be seen cruising as far north as Maine in the family’s Lord Nelson tugboat, Teddy Bear. The Reich family joined the Shelter Island Yacht Club in 1967, where Dan rose through the ranks to serve as commodore in 1976-77.
Dan launched Daniel O. Reich, Incorporated, now known as Reich Paper, in 1958. He is also remembered as chairman of the board of the former Brooklyn Federal Savings Bank, the first president of the North Ferry Corporation of Shelter Island, the president of the New York Paper Club, and a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Off Soundings Club, as well as Gardiner’s Bay Country Club.
Dan leaves behind his sons, Peter (Loren) and Duke (Lisa), and daughter Robin (David), as well as three grandchildren—Melissa, Daniel and Luke—and two nieces, Susan and Holly.