Rick Neel ’73

Full Name: Richard (Rick) A. Neel

Email: moc.l1519324965iamg@1519324965leenk1519324965cir1519324965

Current Occupation/Title: Retired

Year initiated: 1971

Year graduated: 1973

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in history and political science

Current City and State: Marietta, Ohio

Link to facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/rick.neel.7?fref=ts

After graduation, I decided that teaching wasn’t something that I wanted to do with my life. So, what to do with a degree in history and not wanting to teach?  I know … retail! So I spent the next 35 years moving around the country, meeting a lot of pretty wonderful people, while working for several companies. The companies that I worked for were: Woolworth/Woolco, Wal-Mart, ABC Liquors, Dollar General and Walgreens.

Those companies have allowed me to live all over the country. Including my childhood, I’ve lived in the following places: Cleveland; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Boardman, Ohio; Marietta; Piqua, Ohio; Newark, Ohio; Chicago; DesMoines; Flint, Mich.; Granbury, Texas; Carbondale, Ill.; Plant City, Fla; Sarasota, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz.; and then in 2006, I got the chance to move home to Marietta, and my moving days are done. Here is where I’ll stay. (I hope!)

I have three children that I’m very proud of: Darrell, Danny and Marie. They  have been so very inspirational in my life. I love them.

Through it all, though, there has been Delta Tau Delta and the friends and brothers that I met through the Fraternity.  Whether I was active as an alumnus (most of the years), I knew that it was there. It has always been an anchor for me, something to help keep me grounded. I value the opportunity to give back for what I’ve received.