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Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Sad to hear Dr. Thomson, an amazing Economics professor and one of the most interesting and insightful people I ever met passed away. He was a quiet person whose observations about current events had the unique property of ALWAYS turning out to correct. Every time. He personally paid the $1000/plate fees to take his top students to financial analyst meetings at large companies. I got to sit next to half a dozen of the world's elite fund managers and be pitched by companies like Mobil oil, Stanley tools, many major banks and The Limited. I learned how the corridors of power really work. I saw lobbying up close and personal. Few get to see this in action. He almost always wore the same thing - a light blue suit with shoes with holes worn through the bottom. I found out later that he had a closet of identical copies of that suit One of the most memorable times was on Black Monday in Oct. 1987 when the stock market had it's largest one day drop ever (22% in one day). People were running around with ashen faces and pestering him about what they should do. I'll never forget his response. He would be quiet for a moment and then tell the person that if they wanted he would buy all their stock from them. This was classic Herb. He was a genius. As a reward for good grades one day, he took a dusty old tome off his shelf on theories of interest over history and signed it and handed it to me. I was a very lucky man to have known him. RIP Dr. Thomson. You'll be missed.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
I have known Herb since I started teaching at Muskingum College Economics Department in the Fall, 1984. Except for the eight years (1992-2000) I worked in Taiwan, I met him on average at least once a month. He is a close colleague, trusted friend, and part of our family. We discussed economic and social issues, Chinese history, custom and cultures, stock market, talked about students, friends, and families, attended economic conferences and seminars, played tennis, dined at Cambridge Country Club and local restaurants with students, colleagues, church members, and many other friends and their families. We spent most of Thanksgiving and Christmas together. During the last two years when he was in Primerose, we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit him almost every other week. Now that he is gone, we will surely miss him. Steve and Grace Peng
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Dr. Thompson was a great influence in my life. While at Muskingum, I was his student assistant in Economics. He helped me get an internship which helped me launch my career after graduation. He took a sincere interest in seeing his students succeed. I only hope he realized how many lives he touched through his teaching - and what a great legacy he left.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Dr. Thomson was a wonderful friend to my parents, Dr. William and Thelma Ludlow for many years. He watched TV on Fri. evenings with our family when the financial shows were on as he did not have a TV of his own!! He often took us to Sunday dinner after church and was a very generous man. He represented the Kingdom well. Bless you for your Christ-like example to the world. Martha Ludlow Meadows, North Canton, Ohio
Sunday, August 04, 2013
We are saddened to hear of Dr. Thompson's passing, but know that as a man of God he will join the saints. He was a mentor to many and we had the privilege of knowing him in that capacity in our times at Muskingum as student and teacher.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
What a remarkable man. He certainly touched my life as a student at Muskingum and many others through his ministry and teaching. May God bless him and keep him in his good care from this time forward.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Dr. Thompson was a kind soul who possessed a brilliant mind. I was privileged to have him as a professor for numerous classes at Muskingum. I extend my condolences to his family and friends on behalf of myself, my family and the Stag Club at Muskingum College. Rest in Peace sir.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Dr. Thomson was an intelligent man & great professor during my years at Muskingum. My prayers go out to his family. He was a wonderful man & lived life to its fullest.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Dr. Thomson was a scholar, pastor and a great friend. Most of us have stories which are heart warming and some amusing about Dr. Thomson. May God bless the friends and staff at Primrose who took care of him in the last few years. Muskingum and New Concord have a special place in their hearts and memories for "Herb." He was certainly a man of God.

Dr. Rollin M. "Chip" Steele
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
With deepest sympathy. Dr. Thomson was a co-worker (at Muskingum) and a neighbor in New Concord. He was such an asset to our community.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Professor Thomson was a great mentor for students. Remember him bringing students to Columbus almost every month for Financial Analyst Meetings. Attended his church at Kimbolton and will have some kind words about him when I attend the service there in October. He will be missed.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Dr. T, as our family came to refer to him, was a friend who came into our lives in his retirement years. Because of him, we now have friends around the world and years of happy memories. We were so blessed to know him.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Herb was my department chairman at Muskingum 1982-84 and a source both of inspiration and enjoyment. He was the first man I knew with two earned PhDs in different areas [Philosophy from Columbia, Econ from Colorado], an expert on Central PA history who still spent Christmas at the old house in Dillsburg, and one of the most remarkable men I have known. Requiescat in pace.
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