Richard K. Thompson passed away on Tuesday, July 24, after a prolonged battle with a rare cancer. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Kubacki Thompson, his son James E. Thompson, and his younger sister, Jeanne L. McNutt.
A native Californian, Richard had been a 40 plus year resident of the Princeton area. An Eagle Scout himself, he served as Scoutmaster of Troop 88, in Princeton, for many years. Along with his wife Ellen, he co-chaired the Parish life Committee at Trinity Episcopal Church, served as an usher, and was a member of the Vestry. He also served as a Board member of the Peddie Parents Association during the years his son attended.
Richard graduated from California State University at Fullerton and, in 1994, was made an honorary alumnus of Miami University, in Ohio, for his philanthropic work.
He worked in the metals industry for most of his career. He held patents for several metal fasteners. He worked in sales and marketing for Alcoa; as a General Manager for National Steel, in Delanco, New Jersey; was a partner in I. Ganz Scrap Metal Inc., in Brooklyn, NY; and, traveled the world doing countertrade work for Eastman Kodak Company and his own business, Princeton Global Trade, Inc.
He held a private pilot’s license and served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He was proud to have his son follow in his footsteps, also serving in the Air Force, after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy.
Richard was a voracious reader and avid golfer. He and his family were members of the Bedens Brook Country Club for many years.
In retirement, he served as a Managing Director of Grupo Pinhal USA, a Brazilian commodities company, and was a sales and marketing advisor for MIT International, a Vietnamese company. He also enjoyed time spent with students at Rutgers University.
He will be buried at the Princeton Abbey & Cemetery at a future date. At his request, there will not be a service. It was his wish that donations made in his memory be made to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania or the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.