2012 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Richard Rasdall, Jr.

richard rasdallWyandotte High School, 1966

The slogan "pay it forward" has directed much of Richard Rasdall's life and career. He believes strongly in giving back to individuals and organizations that have impacted his life.

He is a steadfast supporter of education because of his positive experiences growing up in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. He remembers Wyandotte High School as an environment of high expectations, and of tremendous cooperation and assistance. He was highly influenced by administrators, faculty and coaches at Wyandotte and at West Junior High. His coaches stressed the importance of teamwork – a value he has carried with him throughout his life.

"I appreciate the fact that I grew up in an era in KCK where the combination of educational opportunities, athletic competition and work experiences provided invaluable opportunities to grow and develop," he said.

He received an academic scholarship to KCK Community College after graduation, and two years later went on to Kansas State University where he earned a degree in education. His first job out of college was as an American government teacher and baseball coach at Wyandotte. He is grateful that this was the basis for his career because it allowed him to give back to his alma mater.

He spent the next 37 years of his career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He retired in 2009 as first vice president and chief operating officer. Since that time, he has dedicated himself to making a difference in his community.

He has been a long-time board member of the KCKCC Endowment Association, and today serves as president. He likes knowing that the work he is doing is providing that same support to students that he received so many years ago.

Rasdall was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 2009.