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Plant Manager
Basic Vegetable Products

Assistant Division Manager
Corn Products International , Inc.

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Kansas University

Bachelor of Science degree
Chemical Engineering

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Press Release - Independence Community College

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Richard Orr is a native of Independence. One of five children born to Leon E. and Wilma C. Orr, he is a descendant of E.B. Carpenter, one of the founders of Independence in 1869. He spent most of his childhood at 1420 N. 10 th, the house his father built from scratch. He attended local schools and was a member of the last freshmen class to attend Independence Junior College at Old Nees Hall and a member of the first sophomore class to attend at ICC's next location with the high school on North 10 th street.

Active in football, track and field throughout his school career, he was the starting center and middle linebacker at Junior College and, in his sophomore year, won the state Junior College discus event and ran on the winning medley relay team.
He worked a variety of jobs while going to school but credits his time in the oil fields as his direct motivation to pursue additional education and enrolled at Kansas University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Nuclear Engineering in 1958 and began work in North Kansas City, Missouri, for Corn Products Company, as a project engineer in the engineering department. In 1961, he accepted an offer to train as an Assistant Division Manager with the company and six months later was the Division Manager.
He moved to General Foods Company in 1963 where his group developed new products and he patented a new enzyme process to convert starch to dextrose sugar and corn syrup. He was promoted to the position of Technical Service Manager.
From there he became the Plant Manager for Basic Vegetable Products in Vacaville, California and in 1972, was offered a job as Project Manager to build a new operation for Specialty Brands, Inc. in Chicago. The project was to build a facility for the Spice Islands warehouse and to produce Marie's Salad Dressings. When the plant was finished and operations started they asked him was made Plant Manager and later Vice President of Operations. In 1975, he was offered a job as Division Manager of Besco Products for Bessire & Co. in Louisville, Kentucky but by 1979 he was looking to buy a small company and be his own boss.
After looking at a number of companies, Richard and his partner, Tad Shinkle, bought Marie's Quality Foods Inc. in Woodland, California.
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In 2003, Dean Foods made an offer Richard couldn't refuse - so he asked for 20% more. When Dean Foods agreed and Richard sold the company and joined the ranks of the retired. He bought a house in Independence to be close to family and friends and gradually made the transition from California to Kansas.


ICC Outstanding Alumni Bios

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Richard D. Orr | Russell D. Canaday | John Buser | Dr. Conrad Newberry | Jim Kelly | Daniel L. Gross | Richard Andrew Stewart | Charlotte Wharton | Russell L. Crane | Dr. Jonathan Newkirk | Tim Emert | Toby Cook | Jerry Hiatt | Mark Fankhauser | Derek Schmidt | Jim Halsey | Dr. Fay Bradley | Phillip D. Griffith | Ellen Brandon Goheen | Bill Kurtis | Merle R. Blaire | Michael A. Wood | Margaret Goheen | Robert J. Osburn | Donald E. Aitken

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Richard D. Orr
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Richard D. Orr
A native of Independence, Richard D. Orr was one of five children born to Leon E. and Wilma C. Orr, he is a descendant of E.B. Carpenter, one of the founders of Independence in 1869. He attended local schools and was a member of the last freshmen class to attend Independence Junior College at Old Nees Hall and a member of the first sophomore class to attend at ICC's next location with the high school on North 10th Street. He worked a variety of jobs while going to school but credits his time in the oil fields as his direct motivation to pursue additional education and enrolled at Kansas University. There he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Nuclear Engineering in 1958. After working several management positions in the food industry, in 1979, he was looking to buy a small company and be his own boss. It was then with his partner he bought Marie's Quality Foods Inc. In 1995, the business began to grow and Richard purchased the Marie's Franchise in the northwest division which included nine states, from Alaska to Arizona. In 2003, he sold his company to Dean Foods to join the ranks of the retired. He bought a house in Independence to be close to family and friends.

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