Erich passed away unexpectedly on June 11, 2013 at the age of 50. Born in Reno, Nevada, and raised in Piermont, New York, he eventually relocating to New Orleans. Erich was the Chief Mechanical Officer for LASTA and an avid rail fan.
As a designer of geological, geophysical and oceanographic instrumentation, Erich worked for Columbia and Stanford Universities. His expertise employed him on projects on every continent, including multiple expeditions to Antarctica, and sailed with the Ocean Drilling Program and on the research vessels other organizations.