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THOMPSON, Jr., William Penn "Bill" William Penn "Bill" Thompson, Jr. passed away peacefully on Monday evening September 4 in the presence of AlJean Dorsey Thompson, his wife of 62 years. Bill was born in Moultrie on September 29, 1927. After graduating from Colquitt County High School in 1944, he attended Auburn University where he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture in 1949. Upon completion of his college education, Bill moved to Macon where he began his long and successful practice of architecture. After working for several years with a local firm, in 1953 he started W.P. Thompson, Jr. Architects. Over the next fifteen years he completed a multiple projects throughout the State of Georgia, most for local governments, school boards and college campuses, including the Macon Coliseum, the IceHouse as well as the Home Federal Bank Building in downtown Macon. As a constant achiever in all aspects of his life and forever in search of a new challenge, Bill decided to expand and develop an architectural practice in Atlanta in order to serve clients throughout the State of Georgia and ultimately throughout the world. Joining with Ray Stainback, Jr. and Thomas Ventulett, III in 1968, Bill organized and ran Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates. The firm grew from the original three employees to its current 175 employees in offices located in Atlanta, Chicago, Shanghai and Dubai. Bill acted as principal in charge for over twenty five years until his retirement in 1995 when he proudly left the firm in the capable hands of the next generation under the guidance of Roger Neuenschwander. During his tenure and beyond, the firm designed the OMNI, the Georgia Dome, the Georgia World Congress Center, the AT&T Promenade, the King & Queen Buildings, the Washington Convention Center, the Beijing Convention Center, McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Aquarium as well as numerous office buildings, retail centers and educational facilities throughout the United States and the world. On the platform he established, TVS continued to prosper and in 2002 was selected as the Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects. This recognition of the firm's quality of work over a long tenure was the culmination of Bill's dream for his firm. Seeing his original partners and the next generation's success being recognized by the entire architectural community was one of his proudest moments. Bill maintained his residence in Macon throughout his career and was as an active participant in the community before and after retirement. Bill held education in the highest esteem, and was one of the founders and original Trustees of Stratford Academy. He remained focused on providing educational opportunities for all and was a fierce advocate for the technical colleges of Georgia. His other great passion was the growth of the Middle Georgia community through citizens coming together in consolidation as well as the rebirth of downtown Macon. He is survived by his wife, daughter Melissa Thompson Merlino, three sons W. Mark Thompson, G. Scott Thompson and David D. Thompson and six grandchildren, all of whom are so proud of what Bill accomplished in his life and the example he provided to them. Services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Friday, September 8 at 1:00 p.m. with Zac Neubauer officiating. A reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to NewTown Macon for the benefit of The Arts Complex, 555 Poplar Street, Macon, GA 31201 or The Father Purcell's Home for Exceptional Children 2048 West Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36108. Visit to express condolences. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, 2017
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