If Northwood pride and spirit could be embodied in a big smile, it would have been Dick Huvaere’s. His years at the university were a pivotal time in his life and, after he graduated, he was always eager to announce that he was a Northwood alumnus. But even more, Dick was a tremendous volunteer leader, dedicated cheerleader and promoter, and committed donor who made supporting his alma mater a priority throughout his adult life. When Dick passed away in February, he had achieved much in making his name known in the automotive retail industry. He built the Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM dealership into a prosperous business, and earned countless awards from Chrysler as one of the top dealers in the nation. He was instrumental in working with the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association to create the Michigan Auto Dealers Self- Insured Fund (MADSIF) for which he served as chairman and trustee for many years. He also gave his time and financial support to a variety of community organizations in Richmond, Mich., where he lived.
“Dick will be remembered as a businessman with deep integrity. He went out of his way to help people. But he never did it for the recognition; he just wanted to help. He shared his business know-how with me as I started my business, helping define success and sustainability,” said Jason Huvaere, ‘96, Dick’s son and president of Paxahau Events. “He brought a wonderful sense of humor to everything he did, which created a positive attitude in his businesses and at Northwood.”
Dick served Northwood for many years as a member of the Board of Governors, the President’s Advisory Committee, and the 1959 Society. His counsel and advice (sometimes constructively critical) helped make Northwood a better university. A generous donor throughout his life, he and his wife, Stephanie, established the Huvaere Family Endowed Scholarship that has supported many Northwood students and will continue to make a difference in the lives of future students. Dick also showed his support by attending as many Northwood celebrations as he could. He had a way of always letting everyone know that “Hoovie” was in the house.
“He loved Northwood and he enjoyed people, which made him a great ambassador for the school. He talked about Northwood whenever he got a chance. His passion for the school was clear to everyone who knew him and was a major part of the successful person he was,” said Dick’s son Ryan Roscia, ’07, president and dealer principal of Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM.