Thomas Rickard

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Thomas Rickard
BornAugust 28, 1866
DiedMarch 25, 1911
OccupationMining engineer
Spouse(s)Alice Whitmore
ChildrenLeontine (1889–1991), Helen (b.Jun.1891), Donald (1894–1915), and Thomas, Jr. (1899–1927)
Parent(s) Reuben Rickard, Mary E Humphereys

Thomas Rickard (1866–1911) was a mining engineer, [1] an early resident of Berkeley, California,[ citation needed ] and served as the last President of the Town Board of Trustees from 1903 to 1909, [2] before the new city charter went into effect, creating the office of Mayor.[ citation needed ]

Rickard was born in France on August 28, 1866, to Reuben Rickard and Mary E Humphreys. [2] Both of his parents were English-born. [3] He immigrated to the United States with his family in the 1875. [2] In 1889 he married his wife Alice Whitmore. [2] They had four children: Leontine (b. May 1889), Helen (b. June 1891), Donald (b. August 1894), and Thomas, Jr. (b. January 1899). [2] [3]

Rickard had a cousin whose name was also Thomas, [1] but regularly used his middle initial "A" (for Arthur).[ citation needed ] Thomas A. Rickard was a prominent writer on the subject of mining, [4] who, in 1896, was appointed by the Governor to the position of State Geologist of Colorado. He served in that position until 1901. [5]

Rickard graduated from the University of California in 1887, [1] with a degree in mining engineering. [2] From 1901 until his death, he served as vice president of the San Francisco mining firm of Harron, Rickard and McCone. [2] He also served as a trustee of the California Institute for the Deaf and Blind, [2] located in Berkeley.[ citation needed ]

Rickard's father Reuben Rickard [1] also served as President of the Town Board of Trustees in Berkeley from 1891 to 1893[ citation needed ] and again for about a month in 1895. [6] He was also a mining engineer, having worked throughout the western United States. [2] Thomas' brother Edgar Rickard [1] was the editor of a mining newspaper in London and a close acquaintance of Herbert Hoover. [7]

Thomas Rickard died on March 25, 1911. [1] [8] His wife died September 10, 1945, in San Joaquin County.[ citation needed ] Although she had remarried,[ citation needed ] she and Thomas are memorialised together at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. [9]

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