Richard "Rich" Hollingsworth, 67, of Dublin passed away on Christmas Eve. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Timson Hollingsworth and his father, Clark Hollingsworth; grandparents, Grace and Edward Timson; great aunt and uncle, Mary and Phelps Singleton, all of Columbus; mother-in-law, Maria J. Sanchez of Dublin. Rich is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Elsie M. Sanchez; sister, Linda Hollingsworth; aunt, Jean Grubb and cousin, Sharon Grubb; father-in-law, Mario E. Sanchez; brother-in-law, Mario (Kay) Sanchez; nephew, Mario Sanchez; nieces, Marisa (Shawn) Stauffer and Miranda (Matt) Guth; and five great nieces and nephews. Rich earned a J.D. from Capital University Law School and a B.A. from Ohio State. Throughout his long career at The Ohio State University, Rich was deeply dedicated to student success. He joined Student Life in 1973 as a Program Assistant, creating what is now the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services. He retired as Vice President for Student Life in 2008. His focus was on building the next generation of leaders, through workshops, teaching courses in leadership, and coaching and engaging students and staff every day. Rich helped build constituency-based programs and services now housed in the Student Life Multicultural Center. Rich was a long-time advisor to Undergraduate Student Government, OSU NAACP, Mortar Board Senior Class Honor Society, and Ohio Staters, Inc. service organization. He remained a mentor and friend to many students and young colleagues long after they left Ohio State. Thousands of students remember Rich speaking at Convocation where he put on many different hats to explain what awaited them in college. Families will remember Rich welcoming them to each Commencement ceremony. Rich was a kind and giving man who always thought of others. He was an innovator and change agent, always creative, encouraging, and ready to help. He loved life, cooking, woodworking, and gardening. He will be greatly missed by his family whom he loved dearly and by his beloved Elsie. JOHN QUINT TREBONI FUNERAL HOME is handling the arrangements. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 3 from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home, 1177 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus where the funeral will be held Friday, January 4 at 11:00 a.m., with burial to follow at Union Cemetery, 3349 Olentangy River Road.
The Richard A. Hollingsworth Student Leadership Fund at The Ohio State University Foundation supports programs and activities within the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service. You can leam more and make a gift at go.osu.edu/Hollingsworth.