Richard Small, founder of Alumni Holidays, now AHI Travel in Chicago, died Oct. 1. He was 90.

Richard and his wife, Arlene Small, founded the business in 1962. It was the first to focus specifically on travel for alumni associations across the U.S. and Canada.

Over the years, the Smalls would also launch many river cruise programs, including the first cruises on the Russian waterways between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

"They were an incredible team who connected with people and formed meaningful relationships that resulted in strong client loyalty and the willingness of suppliers to partner on creative new travel products," Small's obituary states. "If a ship needed to be moved from one river to another, it was done. If a ship needed to be built because none existed, it too was done."

After the Smalls retired in 2000, they retired to Maui.

Small is survived by his wife of 49 years, Arlene; his daughter, Colleen; sons, Richard, Joseph, Mark and Brian; 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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