RICHARD S. THOMPSON
Washington & University 1955 (1 October 1933 - 7 March 2017)
Richard was born in Spokane, WA, and he graduated from Washington State University in 1955 and went onto read PPE as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. From 1958 to 1960, he spent two years in the U.S army followed by being Foreign Service Officer in the State Department. The highlight of Richard’s career were his three tours in Saigon, Vietnam, in which his final tour ended when he was evacuated by helicopter from the U.S Embassy roof to escape the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. Furthermore, he participated in the Vietnam peace talks in Paris, 1972 to 1973, and he supported the negotiations for the release of American hostages in Iran when working at the Embassy in Algiers, 1980 to 1982. Afterwards, Richard worked for 12 years at the American Foreign Service Association. He also gained a Master’s degree in Government from Georgetown University in 1978.