Dr. Herbert Fergus Thomson, Jr.
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ZANESVILLE: Dr. Herbert Fergus Thomson, Jr. passed away peacefully at the Primrose Retirement Community in Zanesville, Ohio on July 24, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Eleanor Thomson and sisters, Carol King and Mae Thomson.
He is survived by his sister, Avis Schmul of California, his brother-in-law, Bob King of Connecticut, four nieces and nephews (Steve King, Christine Jenkins, Perry King and Carol Stanley); along with six great nieces and nephews.
Born on October 28, 1917, to Presbyterian missionaries in China, Dr. Thomson grew up in Canton with his three sisters and numerous cousins where his grandparents were also missionaries. Attending a one room school house through the 8th grade, he then attended the Shanghai American School through the 12th grade. He was later graduated from Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
An ordained Presbyterian minister, Dr. Thomson taught at the Gerard Institute in Sidon, Lebanon prior to serving as a pastor in New York. Much later, he was Stated Supply Pastor of the North Salem Presbyterian Church for about 27 years until age 93. Beginning at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and Berea College in Kentucky, most of his career in economics was as a faculty member at Muskingum College from 1961 to 1992, where he especially enjoyed the international students.
He loved to travel, hike and read as well as to play tennis and explore family history.
He was buried in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. A celebration of Dr. Thomson's life will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 AM in Kimbolton, OH at the North Salem Presbyterian Church, 71751 Old Twenty-One Rd., Kimbolton, OH 43749. A luncheon will follow the service.
An online guestbook can be signed at
Cocklin Funeral Home, INC.
30 North Chestnut St.
Dillsburg, PA 17019
Published in the Times Recorder on Aug. 4, 2013