October 23, 1931 – June 13, 2021
Richard F. Bloom, Ph.D, died peacefully at his home in Lisbon, CT on June 13, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 23, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Mary Schur and Morris Bloom.
Upon graduation with a B.S. in Physics from Brooklyn College, Richard worked as a physicist at the National Bureau of Standards. He was then drafted by the U.S. Army and served in Korea. Following the war, he joined IT&T Federal Laboratories in NJ as a senior electronics engineer and obtained an A.S. in electrical engineering and a M.S. in management engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His career led him to Dunlap & Associates (a “think tank”) based in Darien, CT as a principal behavioral scientist. Richard later obtained a Ph.D in industrial and human factors engineering along with a four year post-doctoral certificate in comprehensive psychotherapy. He then shifted his career to executive coaching, marriage and family therapy and clinical psychology. For over 40 years, he had both private and group clinical practices in CT. Richard was a life-member of several professional organizations and received numerous awards and accolades.
Richard was eternally grateful to his grandparents who emigrated to the US from Russia and escaped the fate of genocide. He strove to “pay-it-forward” by volunteering and holding leadership roles in many not-for-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps Disaster Services. He was an amateur paleontologist, “rockhound” and artist. He had unbounded compassion and respect of all living things. Richard’s main ambition in life was to always be curious, kind and help others be the best version of themselves. He expressed interest in others made them made them feel valued. As such, he was referred to by many as “the nicest man in the world.” Richard was devoted to and cherished his family. He enjoyed the simple things in life such as traditions, hot dogs and Jewish foods. His endearing spirit will be missed by many.
In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his son, David Thal Bloom of New York, NY and his half-sister, Rosemary “Romy” Schiff of Highland Park, IL. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Armelde Pitre and children, Laura Bloom of Niwot CO, Jennifer Croteau of Canterbury, CT and Paul Womble of Washington, DC. He has six grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be held 1:30 PM June 15, 2021 at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich, CT. Those who wish to honor his memory may make gifts to the American Red Cross or American Cancer Society. Church & Allen on Sachem St in Norwich, CT are handling the arrangements.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
June 19, 2021
Dr Bloom was the quintessential "nice guy". His heart was as big as a hot air balloon and made of gold. He truly cared about everyone he met and those he didn't meet but still wanted to help. This world would be a better place if more were like him.
My thoughts and prayers to his wife and family. His loss in this world will be felt by many.
June 18, 2021
He was a great man. Brilliant, human, humble, compassionate and sprinkled with a wonderful sense of humor. His laugh was soothing. His manner was calming. His smile was reassuring. I am better for knowing him and will never forget him.
My condolences. A loss not just for his family that he cherished and friends that surrounded him, but for all those he helped and appreciated him.
June 15, 2021
Eternally grateful for Richard's kindness and generosity
My mother, Roslyn Fox, was a first cousin of Richard. When my father passed away in December of 1981, we were left with a very small life insurance policy, next to nothing in savings, and an unpaid mortgage on the family house. Our friends and family brought us food and sat shiva with us, sharing stories of the past. We appreciated all of it. Richard however, went above and beyond everyone else. He handed my mother a sizeable amount of cash. He let it be known that he didn't expect repayment. When I hear the word mensch, I immediately think of Cousin Richard.
June 15, 2021
We met Richard through the Red Cross when we were new volunteers and was immediately impressed with his kindness and welcoming spirit. He made our entire entire family welcome into the Red Cross family and everytime we meet in passing he always asked how everyone is doing. A true insperation who we will always remember. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family and everyone he touched. The Newman's.
June 14, 2021
Sending peace & comfort to the family. May your hearts be full of the love & memories, and may he rest in peace.