Originally posted on MyStatesman.
By Shonda Novak – American-Statesman Staff
Dick Rathgeber, one of Central Texas’ best known and most respected philanthropists, has a new title: Honorary Colonel.
The Salvation Army will confer that title — the first ever Honorary Colonel award in the State of Texas — and also inaugurate its “Doing the Most Good Award” at its annual luncheon meeting April 21 at the JW Marriott in Austin.
Both awards will go to Rathgeber, 82, a Salvation Army Advisory Board member who for decades has played a pivotal role in carrying out the nonprofit organization’s mission in the Austin region.
The Honorary Colonel recognition is one of the highest honors a non-Salvation Army officer can receive. There have been only seven recipients of the award worldwide in the organization’s 150-year history.
One was Colonel Harland Sanders of Shelbyville, Ky., the late founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.