Robert R. Thiel of Greenfield, MA died on January 28th of Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 21, 1935 to Raymond and Alice Pfisterer Thiel. As a teenager he took classes in commercial art at Pratt Institute and graduated from Valley Stream Central High School, on Long Island, in 1953.
Mr. Thiel became active as a lighting designer in summer stock productions on Long Island, but turned to fulltime work as a credit and collection manager for local department stores. He was the founder and first president of the Credit Council of Long Island, and later became Vice President of the National Retail Merchants Association, and Director of the Credit Management Division of the American Express Credit Card Division.
Mr. Thiel produced industrial shows for conventions and Fortune 500 company retreats. He also took active Broadway shows on national tours. In 1982 he produced the Broadway musical Purlie, in conjunction with CBS and Showtime. His filmed production won the National Cable and Television Association Ace Award as well as an award from the International Film and Television Festival of New York.
Mr. Thiel lived in Weston, VT for 33 years. In Weston, he designed the program and posters for the Weston Playhouse, and published The Little Black Book, a guide to Vermont tourist attractions.
In 1959, Robert married Susan C. Potter in Holy Trinity Church in Valley Stream, NY. Survivors include a brother, Albert, and sons Robert D., Mark, James and his wife Taim, John and his wife Kyoko, David and his wife Vita, and grandsons Samuel and Thomas.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Valley Stream at a later date. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, Brookhaven, Long Island, NY.
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