A memorial service for Richard Ervin Lampe, 64, of Commerce will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Student Center Conference Room of Texas A&M University-Commerce with Dr. Lavelle Hendricks officiating. Dr. Lampe passed away peacefully at his home with loving family at his side, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
He was born Oct. 31, 1947, in Oklahoma, the son of Ervin and Dorothy Nemec Lampe. He was married to Susan Gish Lampe on Aug. 11, 1979, in Stillwater, Okla.
Dr. Lampe was Professor Emeritus of Counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce for 22 years. In his career, he received the TACD Presidential Award for Leadership as chair of accreditation by the Certification Committee, was the TACES president from 1986-1987, received the Texas Association of College Teachers Award and Neill Humfeld Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for 1991-1992.
In 1992, Richard led the Counseling Department CACREP self-study for accreditation for his department, and was also the ACA Southern Region chairman and governing councilman from 1994-1995.
He was awarded with the TAMU-Commerce Faculty Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Service in May 2006. He also received the Truax Award from TCA in 2009. He was the president of TACD in 1988-1989 and president of Texas Association for Assessment in Counseling from 1993-1994. In 2009 he was accredited with TACES for Outstanding Counselor Educator. Dr. Lampe also successfully designed the logo for TCA.
In addition to Richard’s distinguished professional life, he was a devoted and loving father and husband. He had a great passion for architectural design and decorating, gardening and the art of watercolor painting. In his time away from the University he made numerous home improvements and was considered by his family and friends to be a master chef, for he loved cooking, baking especially. Richard also enjoyed traveling and exploring the world with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, and his two loving daughters, Blair Norene Lampe of New York and Emily Gish Lampe of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by his nieces, Tamara Puttman and husband Darrell of South Carolina and Michelle Armitage of South Carolina, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Dorothy, and his sister, Norene Lampe Williams.
Richard loved his family and his career and will be greatly missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PSP.org and/or the Scholarship Fund for Richard E. Lampe at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Arrangements are under the direction of Commerce Funeral Home and Cremation Service.www.commercefuneralhome.com