Richard J. Matthews II

Richard J. Matthews II of Del Ray Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2013. Richard was born in Scranton on April 11, 1927 and lived for 35 years in Dalton, Pa. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sally Griffith.

He was a graduate of Central High School, received a Pharmacist Degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and earned Master's and Ph.D. degrees at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. Richard also served in the United States Army.

Richard was a member on the Penn State Board, Worthington Scranton Campus, the Board of CMC, a Trustee and Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Battle of Normandy Museum, and a member of the American Air Museum in Duxford, England. Dr. Matthews was a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Richard's career began at the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as a pharmacologist. Subsequently, Richard moved back to his hometown and founded Pharmakon Research Laboratories International.

Richard was President of Pharmakon until he sold his laboratory to Union Carbide and moved to Wyckoff, N.J., with his family. He worked at Union Carbide for a few years and then moved back to Scranton to start up Pharmakon again.

Prior to retiring, he was a consultant for Christian Dior. His business was sold to DNX Corporation in 1991 and he stayed on as President and board member until 1994. After his retirement, Richard developed a skin-care product called Strata-C. Richard was a passionate man who loved his family, friends, community, church and country. He was often sought out by many for advice, support and knowledge, which he was always eager to offer. His sense of humor and happy spirit were very unique, and one could always find him in a crowd by following his laughter.

Richard's hobbies included playing his clarinet and listening to big-band music. He loved working on and building electronic devices, such as building his own TV, reading history books, exploring nature and visiting museums. Those who had the honor of knowing him will never forget his incredible larger-than-life personality and relentless optimism.

Richard was predeceased in death by his son, Todd Winton; and a brother, Arthur. Also surviving are a daughter, Nanette and husband, Karl Field, of Flemington, N.J., and their children, Whitney Field of Arlington, Va.; and Lindsay Sloane of Great Neck, N.Y. Also, daughter, Pamela and husband, Craig Otto, of Pittsburgh, Pa., their children, Matthew, Alexandra and Morgan; a son, Wesley and wife, Nicole, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and their children, Tiffany and Elizabeth; and a son, Richard Matthew III, of San Diego, California.

Also surviving are sisters, Dorothy Lynn of Clarks Summit, Pa.; and Mary Louise Matthews of Sanford, N.C.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the Scranton area.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 12, at 11 a.m. in Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Avenue, Scranton, Pa., with Rev. Scott Loomer, pastor, as officiating clergy.

Friends may call Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, Pa. Interment with military honors will be conducted privately at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church at 550 Madison Ave., Scranton, PA 18510; or a . For online condolences, go to

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 9, 2013