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Thanks – Rick
Hi, I’m Rick
Along with a dedicated crew of board, staff, and consultants, I run the Frederick H. Leonhardt Foundation. We’re based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We’re a small, private family foundation.
My grandfather, Frederick H. Leonhardt (Fritz) started the Foundation. The Foundation was incorporated in 1953 and received its non-profit status in 1955. My father, also Frederick H. Leonhardt (Fred), ran the Foundation back in the 1970s and 80s. I took up the reins in 1999. I’m also Frederick H. Leonhardt, but not a III. Why? Well, I share my grandfather’s middle name, which is Henry. My Father has a different middle name, which is Haakon. So, technically, I’m a II. Family lore holds that my grandmother insisted that my father have a middle name that starts with an “H” so that the initials on the luggage would not have to be changed.
My grandfather, and later my father, ran Fritzsche Brothers, which became Fritzsche, Dodge & Olcott in 1963. Fritzsche Brothers was an essential oils, flavors, and fragrances company that often provided ingredients to such companies as Coca-Cola and Avon. So, yes, my family was into essential oils before essential oils were cool.
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