The youngest son of Anne and Sol’s route to joining Colgate Mattress was not quite as direct as his brother’s. Although Richard was the youngest Wolkin to actually sleep on a Colgate mattress, his passions first led him down an alternate path. A lover of science, Richard attended Tulane University and majored in biology. He received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Bacteriology and completed post-doctorate studies at Dartmouth College in Engineering. Although Richard enjoyed learning science, he could not see himself looking into a microscope for the rest of his life. Richard accepted his father’s offer to work at Colgate Mattress in 1988, and he has not looked back since. Richard is married to Mimi Wolkin and has two girls, Amy, who graduated from Emory University with a DPT/MBA dual degree and now practices as a physical therapist, and Amanda, who is writing and editing this webpage.