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Franklin James 'Jim Thompson, Ph.D., 89, died July 5, 2013, in Sahuarita, Ariz.

Jim was born in Dayton, Wash., on May 7, 1924, to Frank and Lillian (Frick) Thompson. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA (BA '48, MA '49). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1960.

He served during World War II in the Army in Germany and after the war.

He began his teaching career as a high school social studies teacher in Portland OR. He was the principal of University of Minnesota University High School as he worked on his doctorate, as well as serving as a professor at the University of Minnesota. He spent the majority of his career as the principal of South Pasadena High School in South Pasadena, CA.

Upon retiring and moving to Arizona, he was active in the establishment of the Good Shepherd Church of Christ in Sahuarita, serving as its first moderator. He was also active in the Green Valley Interfaith Council serving as its president. He was president of the Green Valley Friends of the Pima County Library for more than a decade. He also served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

He is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Martha Thompson and a great-grandson, Kaden Book.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Gould Thompson (born in Fairmont, MN); his children Ann (Ronald) Karas of The Woodlands, TX; Barbara (William Jr.) Book of Floyds Knobs, IN; James Robert "Bob' Thompson of Tucson AZ; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren, all whom loved him dearly.

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2 p.m., at the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Canada, Sahuarita AZ. There will be a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frank and Lillian Thompson Scholarship at Whitman College or the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on July 17, 2013
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