Past WPGA President, Richard Thompson, Dies April 5th
By WPGA • April 14, 2021
Richard Thompson was born in Elizabeth, PA on November 2, 1930 to John M. Thompson and Guellma J. Thompson. He attended Penn State University and soon after was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in Korea from 1952-1954.
Upon his return to western Pennsylvania, Thompson worked several jobs before beginning his career in land development, which included Holly Hill Mobile Park and many other residential developments throughout the region. Most recently, he partnered with his son, Frank, in Crown Run Self Storage.
Mr. Thompson was a member of Oakmont Country Club, South Hills Country Club, Shannopin Country Club and Sewickley Heights Golf Club throughout his life. His wife of 37 years, Carol Semple Thompson, remains one of the greatest amateur players in history. Dick was Carol’s biggest fan and often enjoyed traveling around the country to cheer her on.
Thompson served as the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association President from 1996-1997. The WPGA would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Thompson family.
About the WPGA
Founded in 1899, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is the steward of amateur golf in the region. Started by five Member Clubs, the association now has nearly 200 Member Clubs and 33,000 members. The WPGA conducts 14 individual competitions and 10 team events, and administers the WPGA Scholarship Fund.