Richard “Dick” Thompson, 87, died at home on February 4. He and his beloved Froy were married 63 years. Born in Rochester, PA, Richard was the son of the late C. Vance and Josephine R. Thompson. He graduated from Lincoln High School (1948); from Antioch College with a BS in Geology (1954); and from The Pennsylvania State University with a PhD in Geology (1961). He worked in the Research Department at Bethlehem Steel for 20 years, and then for BethEnergy, in coal and coke technology, marketing and sales. He was a Senior Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and he received lifetime awards from the GSA and the Ironmaking Division of A.I.M.E. for contributions to coal geology and to the technology of coal and coke-making. In retirement (1994), he pursued many interests, including his faith, small group activities, enjoying music and the performing arts, volunteering, politics, golf, but especially quality time with his family and friends. As a long-time and devoted member of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, he served in many capacities, including Elder and Deacon.
Our prayers are with Ellen H. “Froy” Thompson; daughter Jennifer A. Thompson of Lexington, KY; sister Elizabeth Ann Schaff of Fallbrook, CA; nephews John and Tom Schaff; Tom’s children Cody and Spencer; and many cousins.
A memorial service will be at 11 AM on Saturday, February 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem with a reception following the service. Contributions can be made to our church or to a charity of your choice.