Rich began his career as a child psychiatrist, instructor and author.
His academic posts included appointments as professor and acting chairman of the department of psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and later, as dean of the School of Medicine at the University of North Dakota.
Creator of K.C. Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce.
In 1986 he sold the sauce to the Kingsford division of Clorox, Inc.
Rich, born in Joplin, Missouri, graduated from Topeka High School in 1944 and served a year and a half in the army.
After World War II, he attended Washburn University, Columbia University and Colorado College.
While at Washburn, he was initiated into the Kansas Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta.
Rich received a medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1954.