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G. Richard Thompson

July 11, 1940 — December 15, 2020

Dr. G. Richard Thompson, passed away December 15th, in Clemson, South Carolina.

After serving many years as a well-liked and respected Professor, Dr. Thompson retired as Professor Emeritus from the Department of Economics at Clemson University. He previously served as Assistant Dean of the College of Commerce and Industry and Interim Head of the Marketing Department. Prior to Clemson, he worked at the University of Southern Alabama, the University of Central Florida, was a Visiting Professor at Arizona State University, and a Visiting Lecturer at Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Pau (France) and Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia (Costa Rica). During his career he served as a consultant and expert witness testifying to economic damage claims in numerous courts, primarily throughout the Southeastern states. He was also an Army Veteran.

Richard was a friend to many. He was quick-witted and always ready to share his life experiences, regale you with a story from his childhood, or to simply listen when you had the need to tell one of your own stories. He was quick to find humor in situations and always ready with a laugh. He appreciated the finer things in life; sailing, dining, good wine, and good company.

He contributed enormously to the lives of countless students during his long career. Dr. Thompson was a beloved father figure to a number of young people who he mentored and helped over the years. He traveled extensively throughout his life, both as an enthusiastic tourist and in his work as a professor, college administrator, and economic consultant.

Richard was born to Ena St. Catherine and Gerald Thompson in Orlando, Florida. He was predeceased by sister, Kay, and brother, Bill.

Surviving is his loving and committed long-time partner, Adrienne Gerus, and the many friends he has gathered over the span of his life.

A celebration of Richard's life is being planned for later in 2021 once the COVID-19 pandemic has abated. A fund is being set up at Clemson to help support deserving students interested in study abroad experiences.

Visit or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Cremations, Central-Clemson Commons.
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