In Memory

Richard Heuser

Richard Heuser

From the Gloucester Times:

Richard (Rick) R. Heuser, a beloved brother, a devoted uncle, a cherished son, and an insatiable reader and thinker with an influential career in American legal publishing—passed away at the age of 75 at his home in Essex, Massachusetts, on February 5, 2022.
A longtime resident of the Boston area, he had lived in Essex for many years.
Rick was born on July 25, 1946, to Raymond and Elisabeth Heuser, in Evanston, Illinois, where he grew up, attended Evanston High School, and became a loyal Chicago Cubs fan.
He received a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and master's degrees in both Business and History at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). He served in the Navy as a radar specialist during the Vietnam War.
With his background in both business and history, Rick found a true calling in the world of legal publishing—a profession that engaged his intellectual side and his long-held interest in society and justice. From a young sales representative for college textbooks, he ascended through the field to become vice president and publisher of law books at Little, Brown, and Company, one of the most distinguished American legal publishers.
Though his modesty would never allow him to put it this way, his tenure at Little, Brown's offices in Boston changed the field of law-school publishing. He broadened the scope of authors and topics that filled the signature red-and-gold casebooks from which law students learned the field. Over his 20 years at the company, he recruited and developed numerous up-and-coming legal thinkers, bringing in new voices from outside the rarefied but small world of Ivy League law schools.
The book authors he cultivated, many of them then-young and little known, now read like a who's-who of the American legal firmament. They include Ewrin Cherminsky, now the dean of UC Berkeley law school; Anthony Kronman, former dean of Yale Law School; Jay Westbrook, now chair of business law at the University of Texas Law School, and a young professor named Elizabeth Warren, whose bankruptcy text co-authored with Westbrook—first published in 1986—is still in print.
His colleagues remember Rick as an enthusiastic and generous collaborator, a publisher who read deeply and whose interests extended well beyond the matter at hand—one who enjoyed long dinners and even longer conversations, with "a good natter and a number of cups of coffee."
For many years Rick split his time between Brighton and a townhouse in Essex. After retiring early in the mid-1990s, Rick moved full-time to Essex, where he explored the salt marshes in his kayak, took long walks along the shore, and was an active member of the Rockport History Book Club. He was engaged in the Essex community and was a frequent visitor to local organic farms, pottery shows, and specialty food shops.
After retirement, Rick continued to be a prodigious reader and enjoyed writing as well. The beneficiaries of his curiosity and erudition were his North Shore neighbors and his extended family. With an exceptional depth of knowledge, he had rare insights into many topics from history, politics, economics, geography and world affairs to current events, sports, and religion. In past years, he had been active in the Presbyterian church and pursued photography as a hobby.
Of great importance to him were the trips he made to spend quality time with family across the country from the East Coast to the Midwest and California. He was very interested in the lives of his brother and sisters, and his nieces and nephews, who will remember him for his quirky humor, his great generosity and his seemingly limitless interest in whatever they wanted to talk about.
Rick is survived by his brother, H. Frederick Heuser (Judith) of San Francisco; and sister, Rosemary Bentley of La Mesa, California. He was the uncle of nine nieces and nephews; the great-uncle of 12; and great-great-uncle of three. He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Elisabeth Heuser of Evanston, Illinois; and his sister, Eleanor Anstaett of Glenview, Illinois.
Rick will be very deeply missed by his entire family.

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02/28/23 04:38 PM #1    

Lincoln Krochmal

Although I did not know Richard directly in high school, I mourn his passing. He had an amazing life where he certainly gave back to society in so many ways. His career was outstanding and I only wish I had known Richard better. A passing of a truly outstanding individual who left a real  positive imprint in so many ways.

02/28/23 06:03 PM #2    

Sherrie Igoe (Dembrowski)

Lincoln, you put my exact thoughts into such beautiful words, thank you!
I did not know Richard either, but I was VERY impressed with his obituary and his many varied accomplishments!
I wish I had known him and I, too, mourn another classmate's passing. Stay safe and well everyone!

03/01/23 01:30 PM #3    

Lincoln Krochmal


Thank you for your kind comments. I hope u and ur family r well and safe. Richard was a treasure!



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