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Richard Yaffa, New Rochelle High School Sports Star, Played with Princeton Heisman Trophy Winner, Army Officer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

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Richard Yaffa, New Rochelle High School Sports Star, Played with Princeton Heisman Trophy Winner, Army Officer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

January 22, 2015 - 17:39
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Richard Yaffa (photo courtesy of Princeton University)

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Athlete, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, 82 of Bedford, New York on January 21st of complications from a fall.

Dick was a graduate of New Rochelle High School, Princeton University and Harvard Business School. As a football player he was named a High School All-American in Football, Westchester Most Valuable Football Player of the Year and played at Princeton, as a starting member of the Top 10 National team and was in the backfield when Dick Kazmaier won the Heisman Trophy.

As a track star he won three medals, a Gold, Silver, and Bronze, at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He was a member of record setting Penn Relay and Millrose Games relay teams for both New Rochelle High School and Princeton University, also setting numerous team and individual records. An avid tennis player he was a USTA Nationally ranked player in the seniors and played again on the United States Maccabiah Pan-Am Senior Team.

Dick was elected a member of the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame and the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame.

As an Entrepreneur, Dick founded Manhattan Products and Laundry Aids, the leading provider of household cleaning products in the country.

As a philanthropist, Dick was the President of the United Way of Westchester, President of Congregation Emanu-el of Westchester and the Founder of My Money Workshop Foundation, which was his most recent passion. He developed the curriculum, educating thousands of High School and College students throughout the country on Financial Literacy, often teaching 6 to 8 Classes a week himself.

He was also proud of his service to his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, serving at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and McKees Rock, Pennsylvania.

He was the beloved son of the late H. Saul and Minna Yaffa, devoted Husband of Claire, proud Father of Richard and Robert, loving Grandfather of Caroline, Douglas and Jessica and Uncle to Amy, Dale, Peggy and Sam. Services will be held at Temple Emanu-El of Westchester at 10am on Friday January 23rd.