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Dr. Ronald Hobart Thompson, Sr.
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“With loving memory of Ron Thompson. Our condolences to Peggy and the family. We have warm memories when we first met in Namibia and our subsequent...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Rev. Paul & Marlene Witter

“What a sudden tragedy and great loss to all who new Ron. He was a terrific person and always had a friendly smile for everyone. I have many fond...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Ginny Weiland Rice - Little Rock, AR

“I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I went to high school with Bart and took care of Dr. Thompson about a year ago when he had a...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Newell Sutton - Sterlington, LA

“Dr. T was a wonderful man. He guided me through my college years and played a big role in the person I am today. You will always hold a special...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Rosa Flores Jolet - New Orleans, LA

“Peggy, Bart, Rusty, Robin and Charlie. There was a time when I knew each of you and now in this time I offer you my deep condolences for the loss of...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: John Meriwether, PhD - Lafayette, LA

“Many fond memories from the class of '53....Neville. Our sincerest heartfelt sympathies to the family. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Frank and Marilou Scalia - Monroe, LA

“I am so sorry for y'all's loss. I will be praying for the family. I remember him fondly as he always had a smile on his face. Peace be with the...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Rosemary Morrow Mirales - LA

“Ron Thompson was my best friend in high school here in Monroe. Wish we had spent more time together. God Bless his Family. Love, Bill and...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Bill & Nancy Wilson - Monroe, LA

“Peggy and family,we are so sorry and share your grief with you. We know you have many cherished moments to remember. You two have been a wonderful...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Alice and Kennon Harvill - LA

“Peggy, I am praying for God's comfort for you and your family. Love, Liz ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Liz Bogard White - Downsville, LA

“Dr. Thompson was a teacher, friend, and role model for so many of us at TECH. The family has my deepest sympathy. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Terry L. Tucker - El Dorado, AR

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Dr. Ronald H. (Ron) Thompson, Sr., passed away suddenly on the morning of October 24th, 2013. Visitation will be held at Kilpatrick Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 pm to 8 pm. The funeral service will be at Temple Baptist Church on Monday at 3 pm, with Rev. Dale Oden presiding, with interment following at Pine Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. Adopted as an infant from the Memphis Children's Home by Roy and Marie Thompson, of Monroe, LA, Ron found his biological parents when he was 50 years old. His mother was Ada Lee Holmes of Tylertown, MS, and his father was Leonard Williams, also of Tylertown. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy, and his children: Bart (Karina) Thompson of Greenville, SC; Rusty (Anne) Thompson of Ruston, LA; Robin (Duncan) Copeland, of Keller, TX; and Charlie (Paige) Thompson, of Ft. Mills, SC. He is also survived by his brothers: Mike Williams, George Williams, Steve Williams, and Bear Williams; and sisters Fran Hamilton and Martha Gallegos. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ron received his BS from LA Tech in 1961, his MS from LA Tech in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of Arkansas in 1973. As a professor at LA Tech for over 30 years, he served as Director of Nuclear Engineering, was awarded numerous research grants, had 32 publications, and was twice named as Outstanding Professor at LA Tech. He also established his own consulting business, with activities ranging from radiation safety to providing expert legal opinions in cases involving chemistry or radiation. Temple Baptist was Ron's church home. He faithfully taught Sunday School for high school boys for many years, as well as the Older Men's Adult class more recently. Above all, "Dr. T" loved people – all kinds of people. He especially loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and his students. He was a consummate teacher in the classroom and also in his life, where he led by example. He went through life open-handed, cheerful, and contagiously optimistic.His technical brilliance largely served to enable him to give generously to others. He will be greatly missed by all. Pallbearers will be Bart Thompson, Rusty Thompson, Charlie Thompson, Duncan Copeland, Andy Thompson, and Riley Thompson. Honorary Pall Bearers are the men of his Sunday School class. Memorials may be made by making a check payable to Uitenhage Baptist Church, and sending to P.O. Box 939, Uitenhage 6230, South Africa. This ministry focuses on ministering to South African youth and was especially close to Ron's heart. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com

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