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Dr. William Y. Thompson

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“Dr.Thompson was my very favorite Tech professor in the late 1950s, and I worked in his office as a student assistant for a whopping 50 cents an hour....Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Sandra (Kibler) Hendrickson - LA

“Dr Thompson influenced my life in a very positive way over 40 years ago. He was the faculty member on the 3 week bus/class credit tour of Canada and...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Lynn - Bethlehem, GA

“I hated history until I took History of the Old South with Dr. Thompson. The class was one he had devised on his own, a sort of cultural history of...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Liz Slater - El Dorado, AR

“We are so blessed to have known Mr. Thompson. Whether it was countless events at University Presbyterian Church, sitting on the porch having coffee...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Jim Ford - Conway, AR

“Miss Marie, I am truly sorry for the loss of your husband. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire family. Please know that the God of all...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: D Beckett - Baltimore, MD

“Sherard, We are so sorry in the loss of your father. Please know we will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Don and...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Don and Kathy Howard - Zachary, LA

“Our love and prayers to the whole family in the loss of your dear father/grandfather. With love and sympathy, Bill and Carolyn Wellons ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Carolyn Wellons - Little Rock, AR

“We have many memories. Bill teaching our Sunday school class in the choir loft at First prior to the formation of University Presbyterian. And...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Joe & Mary Alice Sanders - LA

“Beyond memories of being at your house during our high school years together, Sherard, I have absolutely wonderful memories of having your father as...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Betsy M. Teuton - Quaker Hill, CT

“A great teacher and example for all of us. He probably had a much greater influence on those of us he had in his classes than even he ever realized. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Robert M. (Bobby) Jefcoat - LA

“Mentor and friend, you will be missed. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Stephen & Karen Webre - Ruston, LA

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DR. WILLIAM Y. THOMPSON Visitation for Dr. William Y. Thompson, 90, of Monroe, LA, will be held between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM, Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Ruston, LA. There will be a graveside service officiated by Dr. Robert M. Lewis on Monday, April 15, 2013, at Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston at 11:00 AM. Burial will be under the direction of the Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Dr. Thompson died Friday, April 12th, at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe. Dr. Thompson was born in Baton Rouge, LA, the son of a Presbyterian minister. He was educated in the public schools of Bristol, TN, and Stony Brook Preparatory School, Long Island, NY. He received a BA from the University of Alabama, an MA from Emory University, and a PhD in American History from the University of North Carolina. During World War II, he flew 50 combat missions over southern Europe as a bombardier on a B-24 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He remained in the Air Force Reserve and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was very proud to have served his country. Dr. Thompson taught at Louisiana Tech University from 1955 to 1988 during which time he was head of the History Department for 23 years. At his retirement, he was designated Professor Emeritus. During his academic career, Dr. Thompson wrote three scholarly and well-received books. One of these, Robert Toombs of Georgia, is now in paperback. He received the Alumni Foundation Professorship Award from Tech in 1980 and in 1982 was named the Outstanding College Professor of American History in Louisiana by the Daughters of the American Revolution. He also held the Garnie W. McGinty Chair of History and served as president of the Louisiana Historical Association. For several years Dr. Thompson wrote a column for the Monroe News-Star entitled "As I Remember." His former wife, Helen McCarley Thompson and great-grandson, Henry Garrett Lewis, preceded Dr. Thompson in death. He is survived by his wife, Marie Meade Thompson; daughter and son-in-law, Sherard and Dr. Robert Lewis of Little Rock, AR; son, Richard Thompson and wife Kim of Houston, TX; step-daughter, Dawn Meade of Houston, TX; step-son, Don Meade of Shreveport, LA; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and husband Dr. Brent James, Rebekah Lewis, Dr. Garrett and Amelia Lewis, and Mason and Kati Beth Lewis, all of Little Rock, AR. Dr. Thompson has three great-grandchildren, Drew and Maggie James and Bennett Lewis. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com

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