In Memoriam -- Fred Thompson (T-15)
June 28, 1944- February 6, 2015
Fred Thompson, T-15
Frederick James Thompson
James Thompson, 70, died in a canoeing accident in the Florida Everglades on
Feb. 6, 2015.
He was born
June 28, 1944 at Gotham Hospital in Manhattan, New York.
from Cornell University in 1967, and he and his wife spent two years in the
Peace Corps in Turkey before settling in Brimson, Minn.
They owned and
directed, with partners, Midwest Visuals, Inc., an educational media firm
specializing in the history and ecology of the Upper Midwest, also producing
multi-media presentations for such clients as the College of St. Scholastica
and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. Fred was involved with
programs for smoking cessation and other national health challenges.
Fred was a
charter member and served on the first boards of directors for the Returned
Peace Corps Volunteer organization, which sought to encourage on-going
projects in Peace Corps countries as well as to promote better understanding
of other cultures, here in the United States.
instrumental in starting Pioneer Crafts Co-operative, an artisans’ co-op
with educational and marketing objectives in this region; the shop still
thrives on Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
environmental volunteer activities included working tirelessly with Sigurd
Olson, Myron Heinselmann and many others to preserve the Boundary Waters
Canoe Area as a motor-free wilderness area. When this region and the BWCA
were under siege decades ago by the Canadian firm Amax, doing exploratory
drilling for copper and nickel deposits on the Spruce Road, he worked with
governmental and nonprofit groups to insist upon environmental impact
statements, and procedures to limit sulphuric acid pollution of waterways,
wetlands, and underground aquifers.
he was a volunteer in New York City in the refugee/sanctuary movement which
helps refugees, particularly at this time from Iraq and Afghanistan, to
resettle in this country, learn English, get schooling and jobs and find new
anchorage. Indeed, Fred was scheduled to attend the May college graduations
of several young people in the families he helped to find their way in a new
loved most to do was to help Alex with her projects – helping her find and
move into her perfect Washington apartment and suggesting edits to her
application for a mentorship program.
He was a vital
person, full of energy, and deeply humanitarian. He will be sorely missed
by family and many friends.
preceded in death by his parents, William and Frances Boesiger Thompson
Borkhuis, and his beloved step-father George Borkhuis, and infant siblings.
survived by his wife, Pamela, of Brimson; daughter Alexandra now of
Washington D. C.; his sister, Thomasina (Bruce) Edwards, and two nephews,
Chris and Jon, and their families.
SERVICE: 1 p.m. Saturday, August 29, in Brimson’s Petrell Hall. Fred was a
story-teller and there will be lots of time to re-tell his old stories and
add some new ones. A luncheon will be served by the Brimson Community
Action Club, to which his family belonged for decades. Any money collected
in “the bowl” will go to the Brimson Community Action Club student
scholarship fund in Fred’s name.
-- from Duluth News Tribune, Sunday, March 8, 2015 Page