Eric Rauch grew up in Issaquah, Washington, a shining student and loving friend. Attending the University of Washington was always his dream.
Eric was a good-hearted soul, and though his life was tragically cut short in August 2022 due to a ranching accident in Colorado, he accomplished so much,
including achieving his dream of attending and playing football for the University of Washington.
Eric was a great athlete and teammate – motivated and humble. He had been a high school football standout who walked on at the University of Washington(UW). He not only made an impression on the field but off it as well. Eric was also a bright student who was on track to receive his degree in Construction Management.
After studying at UW for several years, Eric applied to the Construction Management major – a competitive program with a cap on the number of available seats. Eric completed all of the program prerequisites. His coursework ranged from statistics to geology and calculus to accounting but also all the general education requirements required by the UW. Eric took classes in subjects ranging from Greek and Roman mythology to the planets and even earned a 4.0 in Dance 101.
Once Eric was accepted into the major, he took classes in materials science, structures, construction safety, and estimating. He explored specialties in mechanical and electrical contracting and earned Dean’s List honors. It’s not surprising that he excelled in coursework that focused on hands-on learning with lots of teamwork; those are the things that brought him here.
He left UW senior year after getting sick but was committed to getting his degree. While Eric was dealing with health issues and the resulting aftermath, his father Todd replied to an email his adviser had sent, once again emphasizing the family’s commitment to supporting Eric’s desire to complete his degree. Rachel, his adviser, was just as committed to getting him across that stage.
When Todd stepped in to help manage Eric’s affairs, he expected there to be a lot of red tape. He was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case at UW or the College of Built Environments.
Eric worked hard for his 187 credits – never giving up. We are proud to honor his hard work and dedication and fulfill our promise to get him to graduation.
“Despite the obstacles he faced, Eric never lost sight of those goals nor the steps he needed to take to get to graduation. We all knew his goal was to come back to earn the degree. By earning this degree posthumously, we honor his relentless work.” – Rachel Faber Machacha, Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Despite this tragedy, his strength and search for peace inspire not only his family but the university and CBE community as a whole. For the Rauch family, this occasion gives them a reason to celebrate Eric and his many achievements.