Ritchie died on August 14, 2017 at the age of 79. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he received an undergraduate degree from Yale University, and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago Law School. After a long and successful career at the Northern Trust Bank, he retired in 1998. Ritchie enjoyed travel, opera, reading, hiking, golf and the daily crossword puzzle of multiple newspapers. He was a patron of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Santa Fe Opera and the Chicago Symphony. He served on the board of Openlands, a land conservation organization in northeast Illinois, and also on the board of the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
“This astounding gift from Tim has affected me deeply,” says Board member Anne Walsh. “In this last loving and generous gesture, he has opened up a world of possibilities for Shirley Heinze Land Trust. It has also given the organization a secure footing far into the future. The action he took will be an inspiration for me and for all of us to advance the work of stewarding precious natural areas for all to enjoy in northwestern Indiana.”
Executive Director Kristopher Krouse says, “Timothy's contributions to the conservation community in his lifetime were quite remarkable. With this gift he will continue to protect natural areas in our region beyond his lifetime. We will be ever grateful, and look forward to honoring Timothy's legacy by further advancing our mission with this extraordinary gift.”