Dave Savastano, Editor02.13.20
William Richard (Rich) Hoster passed away on Feb. 9, 2020, in Ft. Myers, FL. He was 78.
Born April 10, 1941, in Philadelphia, PA, Rich graduated from LaSalle High School and later earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from LaSalle College. He met the love of his life, Pat, through mutual friends while working for Fleer’s Double Bubble Gum in Philadelphia in November 1962.
Rich was hired as a chemist by the Levey Printing Ink Company in 1963, where he began his career and lifelong service to the ink industry. That same year he married Pat on July 20, 1963; they would eventually have seven children.
In 1974, Rich went to work for Magie Brothers Oil Company and was instrumental in growing its ink business. Eventually, he became its president and also served as head of Penreco’s global solvent business after its merger with Conoco. He maintained offices in both Chicago and Houston.
In recognition of his dedication to the ink industry, Rich received the prest
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