The Wyoming Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a lot like the Monongahela Valley of the Keystone State where I was raised. The difference was that the former had anthracite coal, and the latter bituminous.
For a dozen years we lived in the Wyoming Valley, and for almost five of them we live din Nanticoke, where I pastored a Lutheran congregation. About 10% of the population had a college degree, and times were hard,
Probably 1% of the population had a college degree when Stanley Dudrick was born. The link below talks about a genius who never forgot his roots, and who chose to help others instead of making a fortune. He did all right financially: no doubt about that. But at 82 years of age he is still helping people.