Richard and Joyce Ten Haken Establish Faculty Fellows
Acknowledging that Michigan Tech has been “instrumental in their lives,” a couple with a long history of philanthropy to their alma mater has established the Faculty Fellows in Business at Tech’s School of Business and Economics.
Richard and Joyce Ten Haken were high school sweethearts in east central Wisconsin in the 1960s. The couple came to Michigan Tech to study business, first Richard in 1966 and Joyce a year later. They married in 1968, the summer before Richard’s third year, and lived in Daniell Heights.
Although Joyce came to Tech a year after Richard, she finished her degree in three years, and they graduated together in 1970. Both were accounting majors with bachelor’s degrees in business administration.
To help cope with out-of-state tuition, Richard says he worked on campus. “I worked at the computer center in Fisher Hall. Think six-feet high tape machines and punch cards.” He also was helped out financially by a two-year Air Force ROTC scholarship, which paid dividends beyond tuition. “This led to a career as a military pilot for nine years and then as a captain for a major US airline for 27 years,” Richard says.
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