John Daniel Rich passed away on Dec. 7th, 2013 of cardiac arrest at his home in Wilton, CT. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a life celebration at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road in Wilton.
John was born in New York City on May 29, 1927 to Lester and Jonita Rich. He was the grandson of the founder of Rich’s Dept. Store, in Atlanta. John attended Horace Mann School for Boys and graduated with a B.S. from Wharton School of Economics in 1948 where he was a member of Delta Upsilon. After graduation John lived in France, working for the US government under the Marshall Plan, to help revive the French wine industry by introducing wine producers to the nascent US market. During his time in Paris, John earned a certificate from the Sorbonne.