Dick van Klaveren '70
B.S. Economics and Business Administration
Dick van Klaveren was born in the Hague, Netherlands and immigrated to the United States in 1957. He graduated from Westminster College in 1970 with a BS in Economics and Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. Dick’s sister, Gerda v. Rasmussen graduated from Westminster in 1967 with an Education major and his wife, Cindy, graduated with a Masters in Education in 1983. Dick and Cindy’s daughter, Cassandra is currently a Nursing student at Westminster and expects to graduate in 2011. The van Klaverens are truly a “Westminster Family.”
From 1986 through 2003, Dick served on the Westminster College Board of Trustees and he was chair of the Westminster Alumni Association from 1978 to 1979. Dick also served as chair of the Westminster Foundation Board and in 2004 chaired the President’s College or University Task Force. In the broader community, Dick has served as Board Member and Chair of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah, Board Member of Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Crossroads Urban Center, and is a member of the Administration and Finance Committee and the Investment Committee of the United Way of Salt Lake City. He also volunteers in schools for Sealants for Smiles. In Democratic politics, he served as treasurer of Wayne Owens’ congressional and senate campaigns and on Ted Wilson’s mayoral campaign and other local and national office campaigns.
Dick joined First Security Bank as a Management Trainee in 1970 and went on to hold positions in branch management, commercial lending, problem loan department and private client services. Dick retired from JPMorgan in 2009 as a Private Banker in the Private Wealth Management area. In retirement, he continues to be involved in several non-profit organizations. In addition to Cassandra, Dick and Cindy have two other children. Their daughter, Jessica, is a dance instructor at Bingham High School in West Jordan and their son, Rorie, is an associate producer in the movie industry, living in Los Angeles.