Student, Chicago Academy Fine Arts, 1931. Student, American Academy Art, Chicago, 1933. Student, Chicago Art Institute, 1944.
Instructor, American Academy Art, Chicago, 1935-1937. Commercial artist Coca Cola, Anheuser-Bush, Standard Oil and Miller Brewing Company, 1937-1959. Artist in residence University of Wisconsin -Rhinelander, 1980.
Numerous one-man exhibits include: Veldman Galleries, Milwaukee, 1970-1971, 73, 75, 77, Wild Life Art Gallery, Minocqua, Wisconsin, 1971, John P.Klep Galley, Houston, 1971-1974, Richard Thompson Gallery, San Francisco, 1977, 79, 81. Group exhibitions include: Vincent Price Collection Fine Art, 1965, Peter Darro Galleries, Chicago, 1969. Museum shows include: Berstorm Art Center, Neenah, Wisconsin, 1965, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1979, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1982, Saint Johns Uihlein Peters Gallery, Milwaukee, 1990.
Represented in museum and corporation collections: Continental Illinois Bank, Chicago, de Sasset Art Gallery and Museum of U. Santa Clara, California, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Lewer Agency, Kansas City, Missoury, Marquette U. Collection, Mills College, Milwaukee Journal, Naval Art Collection of Pentagon, Washington, New Britain Museum American Art, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Robert Louis Stevenson Academy Collection, Carmel, California, Southland Finance Corporation, Irving, Texas, Southland Corporation, Dallas, Wisconsin Memorial Park, Milwaukee, Wood County National Bank, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
Club: Salmagundi. Subject of book: Richard Earl Thompson— American Impressionist, a Prophetic Odyssey in Paint (Patricia Jobe Pierce), 1982.
Married Mary Munn, June 25, 1937. Children: Richard Earl, Bruce, Daniel.