Richard Earl DeVor, a thought leader, pillar of the manufacturing research community, inspirational teacher, dynamic mentor, and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at his home in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He was born on April 18, 1944 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Robert and Betty (née Hale) DeVor. Richard married the former Jearnice Luedtke on April 5, 1968 in Madison, Wisconsin. Jearnice preceded Richard in death on May 18, 2011. Richard’s father passed away in 1971; he is survived by his mother and stepfather, Betty and Gerald Roth, and his brother, Robert Jr.