Dorothy Thompson

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Dorothy Susie Davis Thompson died September 2, 2013 at the age of 95. She was born to Alfred C. and Marjorie (Anderson) Davis in Shanghai, China on October 26, 1917. Her husband of 67 years, Jack Harrell Thompson, Sr. passed away April 6, 2013. She is survived by their children Jack H. Thompson Jr. (wife Jane), Marjorie S. Camp (husband Roger), and Peggy T. McCray (husband John) as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy grew up in Shanghai, China. She graduated from Columbia University - Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in 1940 and as told in her book, The Road Back (Texas Tech University Press, 1996), Dorothy then moved to Manila, Philippine Islands, to live with her parents and sister. In December 1941 she and her family became prisoners of war of the Japanese, at Santo Tomas University in Manila. After being released through a POW exchange in 1943, Dorothy joined the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. As an Army nurse she returned to Manila and, under fire, participated in the liberation of Santo Tomas. She earned the Bronze Star Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty in providing emergency medical care to the sick and wounded internees. She distinguished herself by being promoted to First Lieutenant and then Captain and resigned from the U.S. Army in 1945 to be a full time mother and civilian nurse. When the family moved to San Antonio in 1961, Dorothy worked as a nurse for the Nix Hospital. She was recruited by the brand-new Methodist Hospital, where she worked until 1982, retiring as Director of Nurses. She and Jack Sr. were active volunteers for the American Red Cross and, as Ham Radio operators, were long time members of the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS).
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1018 E. Grayson, on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Please visit for online tributes. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1018 E. Grayson St., San Antonio, TX, 78208 or to the .

Published in Express-News on Sept. 29, 2013
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