Life With Father



“I knew early on I didn’t want to be known as ‘John’s son,’?” says Richard Westphal. A tall order, considering he was going into the family business and even studying watchmaking at college, like Navy man–turned–jeweler John. And when Richard opened R. Westphal Jewelers in 1977, he may not have known everyone in town like his dad did, but he grew his business his own way, “doing speeches on geology, crystal formation, whatever I could,” says Richard. “Years later, people still remember when I visited their school and cracked open a geode, millions of years old.” Now his daughter, Katie, is at Westphal’s. She’s a jeweler, a gemologist, and, well, an all-around forward-thinker: “I decided last year it was time to get rid of the fishing-tackle box we used as a cash register,” she says. “We replaced it with a computer cash register that’s part of a POS sys
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