Richard "Dick" L. Erb, 88, passed away Jan. 5, 2018, in Catonsville, Maryland, following a brief illness.
Dick was born in Chicago to Louis H. Erb and Miriam (Lundin) Erb on Dec. 23, 1929 and raised in the bay area of California.
He graduated from San Francisco's Piedmont High School with famous friends and classmates. After his graduate work at San Francisco Art Institute and the University of California-Berkley, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, he served as a decorated U.S. Army officer in the Korean War.
He enjoyed an illustrious career spanning 50 years as a hotel and resort executive for some of the world's premier properties including, Stein Eriksen Lodge, Grand Traverse Resort, Seabrook Island Resort, Williamsburg Inn, Caneel Bay Resort, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Jackson Lake Lodge. Wherever he went, Dick's efforts in promoting the resort industry earned him countless accolades and awards including, America's 1988 Resort Executive of the Year and first runner-up for Hotelier of the World in 1990. He hosted over 30 world heads-of-state including three United States presidents, the former emperor of Japan, the king of Sweden and the former Shah of Iran.
He was an accomplished photographer and loved to capture candid shots of his children and nature.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Jean; his parents, Louis and Miriam; two sisters, Jean and Ruth; and niece, Paige.
Dick is survived by his four children, John, Elizabeth, James, Richard II and their spouses; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Published on January 28, 2018