Longtime Minnesota banker dies at 80

Longtime Minnesota bank executive Thomas Burich died March 27 at the age of 80 at his home in Hutchinson, Minn., according to an obituary in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

Burich was president and chief administrative officer of Hutchinson-based Citizens Bank from 1985-2005. Burich, who was chair of the board from 2000-22, was the fourth generation of his family to serve as president, following his father, Irvin J. Burich. 

Burich was born on Nov. 20, 1943, in Hutchinson and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1961. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Thomas in 1965. Burich started his career in banking in 1965 as a teller at Citizens Bank in Hutchinson. The following year, he joined First National Bank of Minneapolis, where he was an operations officer, credit officer and assistant vice president. He left as VP, division head of the commercial banking group. 

Burich was recognized for his 50 years of experience in banking in 2015 by being inducted into the Minnesota Bankers Association Pioneer Club.