Deceased August 26, 2019

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In Memory

Bruce Thompson died peacefully at home on Aug. 26 after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born Nov. 26, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Sinclair and Jean Thompson, missionaries in Thailand for 15 years. Bruce spent his childhood in Chiengmai, Thailand, and then lived in Swarthmore, Pa., from middle school through college years. He attended Swarthmore High School and followed his brother David ’70 to Amherst.

At Amherst, Bruce majored in biology, participated on the track team and joined Phi Delta Sigma. After graduating with various academic honors, he pursued graduate studies in biogeochemistry at Dartmouth College, working toward a Ph.D. in wetland ecology. Bruce married his college sweetheart, Christine Wilson (Mount Holyoke ’73), in August 1974 and enjoyed a happy married life for the next 45 years.

Bruce’s career transitioned from science to technology marketing and product management, as he worked at the forefront of technology innovation for companies such as Hewlett Packard, WRQ, AT&T and several startups. During his working years, Bruce resided in New England, California and Washington State, with a home base on the West Coast for most of his career. He retired at the end of 2017 and moved to Cape Cod soon thereafter.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Christine; his brother, David; his sister, Marjorie; and many loving extended family members.

Bruce was a man of many talents and will be long remembered for his curiosity, dedication to teaching others and willingness to share his encyclopedic knowledge on many subjects. And most of all, he will be remembered for his love of the natural world, passion for sailing and kayaking and abiding love for his wife, cherished family and friends.

David Thompson ’70