Richard Thorburn Herzog ’78 died on January 10, 2008, in Elgin, South Carolina.
Born on October 4, 1956, in North Kingstown, R.I., he prepared for college at Cranston West High School and became a member of Alpha Rho Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation cum laude, he worked for Bankers Trust in New York City. He joined the U.S.Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division and as a tank company commander. He received many honors, including the Master Parachutist Badge, Armor Associations Order of St. George Medallion, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and a decoration from the Italian government for rescuing an Italian soldier from a minefield. He earned a master of arts degree in 1991 and a Ph.D. degree in history in 1995 from Florida State University. He taught history for two years at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. In 1996, he completed a tour of duty as a United Nations military observer in Iraq and Kuwait. He retired from the Army in 1999 as a major. He then taught American history at the University of South Carolina and was a government contractor for five years with Pulua Electronics, teaching combat training with the National Guard. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Camden, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Galina Inina Herzog, whom he married in 1998; a daughter, Ingrid E. Herzog; a sister, Jeanie C. Herzog of Westerly, R.I.; and a brother, James H. Herzog, Jr. of Amherst, N.H.