Our founder, John Heldrich, died on October 28th at his home in Highland Park, New Jersey at the age of 88. John was a veteran of World War II, a senior executive at Johnson and Johnson, and revered civic and community leader. For more than twenty years, he chaired the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission where he collaborated with business and labor leaders and state and local officials to design and implement more effective workforce development programs.
In 1997, he provided a generous gift to Rutgers University, his Alma mater, which led to the creation of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. For 17 years, John served as the Chair of the Center's National Advisory Board where he contributed valuable counsel to the Center's faculty and staff.
The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development mourns the passing of a great leader, mentor, supporter, and friend. It was a privilege to work with John and we are all better for having known him.
For those who wish to make a donation in honor of John Heldrich, the family requests that you direct your gift to the Heldrich Center or the Companion Animal Fund at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University.