Richey, C. B. (d. 2003) | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Clarence Bentley Richey graduated from Purdue University in 1939 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to work for the Ohio State University, Electric Wheel Company, Massey-Ferguson, and Ford Motor Company, serving in various positions. In 1970, Richey accepted a position as a professor at Purdue’s department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE). He served in this role until 1976, when he retired and became Professor Emeritus. Richey continued to work at Purdue at least until 1986 in the ABE department, working on various projects.
Richey was responsible for numerous innovations in agricultural engineering, holding many patents on designs he created for various farm equipment. Among his accomplishments was a design for an efficient gasifier that produced energy from biomass. He also developed a lift for physically disabled farmers to be able to reach the seats of their tractors. In promoting and developing his designs, Richey traveled the world to view and participate in various showcases of agricultural engineering.
He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 23, 2003.
Material within the collection
Board of Trustees of Purdue University. Stated Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Trustees of Purdue University. 10 June 1976.
Board of Trustees of Purdue University. Stated Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Trustees of Purdue University. 21 November 1986.
“Class Notes.” Purdue Agriculture Connections. 12.3. (Fall 2003): n. pag. Web. 20 December 2011.