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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard J. Heath  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1931 Robinson, Illinois

-- Richard J. Heath on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mr. Heath was born in Robinson, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard "Dick" Heath, grandson of the Heath Candy Company patriarch, L.S. Heath, was born in 1931 in Robinson, Illinois, where his father and uncle developed the Heath English Toffee Bar. Dick was elected to the company Board of Directors at the age of 20, after his father's sudden death. He finished college at the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Army before returning to the company where he served in a number of capacities and sold the initial licenses that franchised the Heath Ice Cream Bar. After leaving the company in 1969 during a family struggle for control of the company, Dick promoted Professional Golf Association (PGA) tournaments and had been involved in numerous business ventures.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

BittersweetThe Story of the Heath Candy Co.
ISBN: 0964142317

Tales Press. 2003

Bittersweet details one of the sweetest success stories in American business, the Heath family and the complex relationships among family members. It shows how the Heath family business grew from a small-town ice cream parlor and confectionery to a successful national company, spanning the early pioneer days to the present and gives some insight into Americas national psyche.

Here's To You Robinson, The Pros Loved You : The Story Of The Cinerella Tournaments Of The PGA Tour
ISBN: B001G8NE62

Privately Printed. 2000

Oak Meadow and its "presence": A story about the unique creation of a country club/real estate development in Evansville, Indiana (Heath series)

R.J. Heath. 2002

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