Meet our top ambassador: Dick Thompson

Yates Mill has been very fortunate through the years to have some very special people to champion it as a business, a cultural relic and now as a thriving community treasure. We’d like you to meet one of our very best ambassadors: Dick Thompson.

Dick Thompson and friends

Dick Thompson (left) and his guests at our first Chickin Pickin'

As you’ll read in this article from Perspectives, the magazine of N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dick has been a friend to Yates Mill since he attended NCSU in the 1930s. He became associated with the mill during his business career and, in retirement, was one of the early stalwart members of Yates Mill Associates who made sure we were able to restore and reopen Yates Mill. We thank N.C. State and author Natalie Hampton for this fascinating account of Dick’s valuable contributions to and his long association with the mill and park.

This spring, Dick shifted his role with YMA slightly, stepping down from the regular board of directors but remaining as an emeritus director. Even though we miss seeing him at regular meetings, we are delighted that he continues — at the magnificent age of 96 — to enlist so many people and businesses in supporting Yates Mill.

Dick’s legacy is reflected in writing on the plaque that designates the “Dick Thompson Overlook” on the park center’s porch. But it is just as firmly engraved in the hearts of his grateful friends and neighbors.


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