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December 22, 1924 - October 2, 2015 George D. Thompson, age 90, passed away on October 2, 2015 in Encinitas, California, while surrounded by his loving family and listening to Glen Miller. George was born in 1924 in Webster City, Iowa to George Senior, a lawyer and football player and Mary Picard. George's mother passed away early in George's life and he always regretted that he remembered little of her. George's father remarried and the young family moved to the big city, Cleveland. George's father was murdered in Cleveland, a crime still unsolved, so George returned to Webster City to live with his beloved Aunt Bessie and Uncle Carl Pinkele. Graduating from high school in 1943, he was promptly drafted into the U.S. Army, trained as a machine-gunner, and shipped to Marseilles as part of the 222nd infantry, Rainbow Division. George, soon a sergeant, headed north through France into southern Germany, where his division liberated Dachau concentration camp. He never forgot it. After his 1946 discharge, George attended the University of Iowa, receiving a B.A. and law degree in five years. While at Iowa, he met his match, Eleanor Connell, a nurse. George was smitten. After graduating in 1951, George followed Ellie to California, where they married in December. George was admitted to the State Bar in 1953 and quickly specialized in workers' compensation law. By 1963, George founded Thompson, Talbott, and LeMaster. He loved the law- it's language, history, principles, and foibles. George became a workers' compensation judge in 1985, assigned to Santa Ana and then San Diego, retiring in 1997. His fellow jurists often consulted him on complex issues and the craft of decision writing. Ellie, George's bride of 62 summers, passed away in 2013. She was, and remains, deeply missed. George and Ellie are survived by their children, Mary Anne (Christopher), Nancy (John), Michael; granddaughters Adine, Elizabeth, and Katie; and his cousin, Carl Pinkele (Barbara). His son David predeceased him. George will always be remembered for his love of Ellie, his family, the King's English, music, history, cookies, and his wit, charm, and movie star looks. Services to be held at Fort Rosecrans on November 6, 2015 at noon, reception to follow.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2015
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