A Scripps Woman Can Do Anything

In the early 1950s, it wasn’t unusual for a Scripps woman to marry her beau in the Memorial Garden a few days after graduation, or perhaps hold a job for a year or two and then marry the boy next door.

Evie Herz Richmond ’51 followed the pattern. Ned Richmond (CMC ’51) proposed soon after graduation. Evie kept him waiting for a year while she toured Europe with a girlfriend, but she sent him a post card from every stop. They married and had two children. Ned inherited his father’s 4,000-acre cattle ranch that abuts San Jose, Calif. She settled in as a housewife.

When the trusted ranch manager, originally hired by Ned’s father, was caught in illegal transactions, Ned was reluctant to begin a court trial. However, when the manager became abusive and refused to quit, Ned had an idea. He told the manager to report to his wife as his new boss, effective immediately. Evie says with a sparkle, “Do you know how long he lasted as my assistant? One month! He quit.” So, Evie, as a middle-aged mother, began 25 years of managing a cattle ranch. A Scripps woman can do anything.

Evie’s life began in Germany. When she was nine years old, Hitler marched in, and the Herz family marched out. They settled in Pasadena, Calif., where Evie’s father continued the family jewelry business. Evie graduated from Westridge school for girls in Pasadena, and then Scripps.

Evie’s stories are legendary. Once, Evie captured a home invader with her loaded .38 and held him for police when Ned was out of town and she was alone on the ranch. Another time, her father-in-law ordered her to fly his plane while he took a nap. “Wake me when it’s time to land,” he said. Then, he went to sleep. Evie had never had a flying lesson, “But I took some after that,” she says. And there was a time when she confronted drug dealers with a four-million-dollar marijuana crop on her land and closed down their operation. A Scripps woman can do anything.

Her husband of over 50 years, Ned, has advanced Alzheimer’s disease, and Evie is still managing. Her daughter is a Scripps graduate, and her granddaughter is now attending Scripps.

You can expect the amazing stories of Scripps women to continue for generations to come.

 

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