Richard S. Crampton, 88, Banker And Civic Activist

Posted: November 19, 1989

Richard Sidney Crampton, 88, a trust officer with an avid interest in civic affairs, died Thursday at his home in Haverford.

Mr. Crampton, born in Oak Park, Ill., attended Suwanee Military Academy and Northwestern University. His time at college was cut short by his mother's death, and he later went to the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

He worked as a trust officer for Girard Bank from 1930 to 1954, for the First Pennsylvania Bank from 1955 to 1965, and for the Bryn Mawr Trust Co.

from 1966 to 1971.

Reluctant to retire, he worked for the Bank of New Jersey until he was 74.

Work was not all-consuming, however. One of Mr. Crampton's favorite causes was educational television. A founder and treasurer of the Educational Television Council, he campaigned to bring an educational station to Philadelphia. "It was a cause he very much believed in, and he went to bat for it," his daughter Nancy recalled yesterday.

As the nation's Bicentennial neared, Mr. Crampton got involved on the original board of the Friends of Independence National Historical Park. Later, he was instrumental in the creation of Welcome Park, dedicated in 1983 in honor of William Penn, on the site of the slate-roof house where Penn lived.

For many years, Mr. Crampton was a member of the board of the Haverford Civic Association. He also belonged to the Penn Club, the Society of the Sons of St. George, the Welsh Society, the Scotch-Irish Society, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Right Angle Club and the Merion Cricket Club. He was a past president of the Church Club of Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor Wistar; two daughters, Nancy and Martha; three grandchildren, and a sister.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Redeemer, New Gulph and Pennswood Roads, Bryn Mawr. Burial will be in the churchyard.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Church of the Redeemer.

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