Penn Stater Tom Richards Perishes During LJS

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Thomas Richards, a Schreyer Scholar and incoming member of the Presidential Leadership Academy, died early this morning after having a seizure. The tragic incident occurred at Camp Blue Diamond where Tom was a teaching assistant for this year’s Leadership Jumpstart class. He had taken the same class last year.

At the time of his death, Tom was about to enter his sophomore year, studying political science and history. Tom participated in the Penn State Mock Trial Club and the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council. Before entering college, he obtained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of the Order of the Arrow in the Boy Scouts of America.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalized.

Onward State wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the Richards family and Tom’s friends during this difficult time.

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  1. I knew Tom as he was in two of my small classes and he was a great person. I can’t believe this happened, I’m still in shock…

  2. tom was such a great person he really touched me… i am so shocked and sad. he was going to go so far in life… this is horrible. may he rip

  3. We just wanted to say how truly sorry we are for your loss. Tommy was always such a very polite & wonderful boy. He will truly be missed by all his neighbor hood friends and especially his family. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
    Joe & Lucy Forte & Family

  4. The Brown Family(Fellow Eagle Scout Brother) on

    We are soo sorry for you loss… Your son is missed! He has been in our lives for so long and his passing has left a hole in our lives and hearts… please accept our sincerest sympathies and love.

  5. Curtis Family on

    What tragic news.  Our hearts are broken.  Tommy will be greatly missed he was such a great inspiration for David, and truly for everyone he touched with his life.

  6. Alex Figueiredo (Fellow Eagle Scout and Brotherhood Member) on

    I was shocked to hear of the tragic news. Tommy has been in my life  ever since I can remember and has been a huge influence throughout his life. The Figueiredo family sends their condolences.

  7. Anthony Picozzi (Fellow Eagle Scout And NYLT Staffer) on

    Tom will be greatly missed. He was always a cheerful guy, and a great friend. I send my condolences to all who knew him for he touched all who knew him.

  8. alex mauk(fellow nylt staff and oa member) on

    Captian Tom Richards! This guy was awesome. He could tell you anything about anything even if he didn’t know anything about it. I met him at nylt and he could be so goofy and rediculous at times but could go from that to being serious and getting down to business when it was that time. Tom your one of those people that i don’t think anyone could forget you dude. I rememeber that last time i saw you and it was when you got your vigil i congradulated you. Now that your gone all we got is our memories of singing about the quater masters store. It’s sad to see you go but you’ll deffinantly be talked about forever and thats what makes you imortal. Rest In Peace and easy
    -Alex

  9. I had a class with this kid my first semester, a small seminar on european philosphy. He was always the first one to break the silence after our professor would ask a question, never really afraid to say what he wanted to say, and he always had some interesting viewpoints on the texts we read. Considering I barely ever said anything I admire him for that. Rest in peace dude.

  10. The Gill Family on

    Our hearts are breaking with you. He was an incredible young man with a positive attitude and winning smile. He was a kind soul. The neighborhood will never be the same. We are all so deeply saddened.

  11. Richards Family on

    Dear All, Thank you for your kind words and prayers in this difficult time, not only for our family, but also our community. Tom was loved and will be missed by many. Just to clarify what happened, the results from the autopsy were conclusive that Tom died from massive hemorrhage due to a brain aneurysm. It occurred while he was sleeping at about 2 am. He did not suffer and most likely did not gain consciousness. Within a very short time (a few minutes if that) he stopped breathing, and within a minute they began CPR on him. He had an EMT and 3 other Eagle Scouts staying in the cabin with him. They worked very hard to save his life, working in teams of two until the ambulance arrived, not knowing it was already too late. They continued trying to resuscitate him in the ambulance and at the hospital until he was pronounced dead at about 4 am.  We are confident he is now with the Lord our God.  

    Born in Doylestown, PA, he was the beloved first son of Thomas H. and Beverly J. (Hellerman) Richards of Line Lexington, PA.  
    Tom graduated with distinction from North Penn High School in 2009 as a member of the National Honor Society, and received numerous awards and recognition as a member of the Mock Trial / Moot Court team, where he served as Club President his senior year.  Tom was also a member of the Class Cabinet, serving as co-chair of the Communications Committee and a member of the Fund Raising committee. These activities earned him the George Gausman Award for Leadership.  
    As an active member of the Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, Tom grew strong in his faith in our Lord and his commitment to serving others, helping lead their youth group and service ministries, and participated in mission trips to Mississippi and North Carolina.       
    Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Saturday, August 21, 2010, at the Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, Route 202 and Ute Rd., New Britain, PA 18901, beginning at 8:30 am followed by his Memorial Service at 10:00 am.  Interment will follow in Beulah Cemetery, New Britain, PA.  
    In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Thomas J. Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 12, Line Lexington, PA 18932.

    Thomas J. Richards, of Line Lexington, PA died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, PA. Tom accomplished much in his 19 years.  

  12. Richards Family on

    Dear All, Thank you for your kind words and prayers in this difficult time, not only for our family, but also our community. Tom was loved and will be missed by many. Just to clarify what happened, the results from the autopsy were conclusive that Tom died from massive hemorrhage due to a brain aneurysm. It occurred while he was sleeping at about 2 am. He did not suffer and most likely did not gain consciousness. Within a very short time (a few minutes if that) he stopped breathing, and within a minute they began CPR on him. He had an EMT and 3 other Eagle Scouts staying in the cabin with him. They worked very hard to save his life, working in teams of two until the ambulance arrived, not knowing it was already too late. They continued trying to resuscitate him in the ambulance and at the hospital until he was pronounced dead at about 4 am.  We are confident he is now with the Lord our God.    
    Thomas J. Richards, of Line Lexington, PA died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, PA. Tom accomplished much in his 19 years.   
    Born in Doylestown, PA, he was the beloved first son of Thomas H. and Beverly J. (Hellerman) Richards of Line Lexington, PA.    
    Tom graduated with distinction from North Penn High School in 2009 as a member of the National Honor Society, and received numerous awards and recognition as a member of the Mock Trial / Moot Court team, where he served as Club President his senior year.  Tom was also a member of the Class Cabinet, serving as co-chair of the Communications Committee and a member of the Fund Raising committee. These activities earned him the George Gausman Award for Leadership.    
    As an active member of the Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, Tom grew strong in his faith in our Lord and his commitment to serving others, helping lead their youth group and service ministries, and participated in mission trips to Mississippi and North Carolina.         
    Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Saturday, August 21, 2010, at the Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, Route 202 and Ute Rd., New Britain, PA 18901, beginning at 8:30 am followed by his Memorial Service at 10:00 am.  Interment will follow in Beulah Cemetery, New Britain, PA.    
    In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Thomas J. Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 12, Line Lexington, PA 18932.  
     

  13. …RIP Tom.  You’ll be missed.  NP wouldn’t have been the same w/out you.  399 will have a minute of silence for you next meeting.

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