Patricia “Pat” Richardson, wife of founding NCC President Richard Richardson, passed away recently in Pagosa Springs, Colorado at the age of 85. As the “first lady” of Northampton Community College, she was a tireless advocate for the college and beloved member of the Northampton community.

Pat was an active member of the Bethlehem community as well during her years at NCC, volunteering as President of the United Way, serving as President of the League of Women Voters of Bethlehem and as an active member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of PA.

“Pat remained an enduring supporter of NCC and an ambassador for the college long after she and her husband moved on from NCC in 1977,” said Mark Erickson, current NCC president. “The entire Northampton community mourns her loss…she will be dearly missed.”

Richard Richardson, Pat Richardson, and Mark Erickson
From l-r: Richard Richardson, Pat Richardson, and Mark Erickson

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Richard, her three sons (and their spouses) Rick (Mary Kay), Mike (Carol), and Chris (Kitty), eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters and a brother, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A virtual service celebrating her life will be offered through Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ in Phoenix, AZ on Nov. 21.