Rick Nelson

Profile Updated: November 3, 2020
Rick Nelson
Residing In: Whitehall, PA USA
Spouse/Partner: Paula
Occupation: Retired
Children: Dave, 39, Engineer Director at ICU Medical, an R&D and medical device manufacturer in San Clemente, More…CA. Lives in Laguna Beach, CA. Aspires to run the whole company one day.

Jeff, 36, biotechnologist, is a supervisor in a quality assurance lab at Glaxo Smith Kline in Conshohocken. Lives in Red Hill, PA (near Quakertown). Married his high school girlfriend.
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Yes! Attending Reunion

After Central I went to Penn State where I graduated with a degree in psychology. After 5 years as a psychiatric caseworker at a community mental health center in Altoona, PA, returned to Penn State where I earned a degree in electrical engineering. I went to work at AT&T Bell Labs in Reading, PA in 1981. After 10 years my job moved to Allentown, PA so we relocated. After a total of 16 years doing process engineering, digital logic verification and test engineering, transferred to AT&T Microelectronics where I was a product engineer for 3 years. Later became a project manager and went with the Lucent Technologies spin-off and later the Agere Systems spin-off. After 24.5 years, left and became an IT Project Manager at MetLife in Moosic, PA (Scranton area). After 27 months, due to a re-org I was laid off but immediately found a job as an IT Project Manager consultant working at PJM Interconnection in Norristown. After that gig I spent one month as an IT PM consultant at AT&T when my current (and last) employer called and asked me to interview. My wife, Paula, of 46 years, and I live in Whitehall, just north of Allentown. We retired at the end of October, 2014.

Got an MBA along the way and a PMP certification (project management professional). Founded a payphone company in 1990 (side job). Grew it throughout a 4 county area specializing in bars in poor neighborhoods (gotta go where they needed them). Profitably sold the company in 1999 before the payphone industry crashed due to the growing use of cell phones.

We've traveled a number of times to Europe and also to the Caribbean where I enjoy SCUBA diving. Photography is another of my hobbies both above and below sea level.

School Story:

Playing "football" at lunchtime on the cafeteria tables. You know, spinning a quarter, having to catch and balance it on its end.

Almost putting the driver ed teacher through the windshield the first time I "hit" the brakes.

Hated the 1/2 mile run.

Cutting school after being accepted to college. Going on such noteworthy adventures with my carpool buddies (Ron Brooks, Bruce Engel, Curt Brodsky, Alan Perlberg) like driving to NY city for lunch, walking home to Overbrook Park from Central, driving to Wilmington and taking a tour of an auto assembly factory.

Attending 45th Reunion (09/21/14)


Attending Reunion Golf (09/19/14)


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Posted on: Aug 18, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Wayne, I've wondered what happened to you. There was a fellow with your name at a place I worked at for a couple of years. I looked him up and was disappointed that he wasn't you. I don't know if you recall who I am but I do recall you and not as the class animal but as a nice guy. I'm glad you resurfaced (with respect to knowing that you're still around). It looks like you've had a fulfilling life and I congratulate you for that!!

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Aug 01, 2018 at 4:33 PM

I was quite surprised by Hyman's accomplishments that I read on his memoriam page. I didn't know him well but especially remember him from Penn State. Something must have clicked that he rose to fulfill quite his potential sometime thereafter. It sounds like he touched a lot of people in positive ways and in their memories he'll live on.

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Hey Bruce! Where've you been? :) Long time since Central, huh? I joined your ranks as a retiree 2 years ago.

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Nov 28, 2015 at 9:40 AM

Hi Alan. It's been a long time. I hope all is well in your world. I'm living in the Lehigh Valley with my wife, Paula. Been married 41 years, 2 sons, 34 and 31. We retired last year. After a 5 year stint as a psychiatric caseworker with my degree in psych, I returned to school in electrical engineering, worked at Bell labs for a number of years. Later got an MBA, became a certified professional project manager and worked at a few other companies.

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Jan 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Hi Dave. Happy Birthday!! Do you remember me from Overbrook Park? You were my campaign manager when I ran for VP of Lamberton elementary school :)

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Posted on: Jul 06, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Holy crap Larry! What a bio. Congrats on your many successes. I don't know if you remember me, but I do remember you.
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