The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 19, 2014

Richard J. Masom, 87, Baltimore, Md.


The Daily Item

— BALTIMORE, Md. — Richard J. Masom, 87, of 2700 Stone Cliff Drive, Unit 209, formally of Selinsgrove and Danville, Pa., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 15, 2014.  

He was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Lyndhurst, N.J., a son of the late Lucy and Raymond Masom.  

Richard is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy; Dorothy’s daughter, Susan Walters; his children, Jeffery Masom, Laura Norton, Diana Skerritt, Rick Masom, Stephen Masom and Andrea Masom; and 18 grandchildren.

He was a business professor (Emeritus) and taught at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., from 1975 to 1993. Before then he was president of Suburban Alloy Metal Corp., Rockaway, N.J., marketing and sales manager of the Vinco Corp., in Detroit, Mich., and senior project engineer and later assistant to the general manager for division of the Bendix Corp. in Teterboro, N.J. While there, he held four patents on production devices and patented a safety harness back pack used by astronauts on their first trip to the moon.

He is author of the book, Harry’s Letters: Case Material for the Study of a Personality, and was a tennis instructor.

He holds a bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University in mechanical engineering and two master degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a licensed securities and real estate broker.

Richard served in the Merchant Marines and was a Marine engineer during the war.

After retiring from Susquehanna University, Richard and Paul Kopey started a business consulting firm, which they worked on together until his illness began this year.

A service for Richard will be held at 4 p.m. Monday in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 140l Carrollton Ave., Towson, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 555 W.Towsontown Blvd., Towson, MD 21204, or gilchristhospice.org/giving.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends. He defined the meaning of the word “Gentleman.”