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Albert Thompson, Emeritus Professor, Dies

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Albert Thompson

Albert Thompson

Teachers College Professor Emeritus Albert S. Thompson passed away on March 29th. Thompson had a long and successful career as Professor of Psychology and Education.

Thompson joined TC in 1949, with expertise in vocational psychology and guidance. He was made full professor in 1954, and included service as Coordinator of the Program in Personnel Psychology, Department Chair from 1964 to 1970, and Director of the Psychological Consultation Center in 1974, and, after his retirement in 1975, service as Academic Ombudsman from 1977 to 1986. He also coordinated a New York State Education Department project that involved evaluation of doctoral programs offered by TC. Thompson was also a member of the Grace Dodge Society, an honorary society created to acknowledge those who have remembered TC in their gift plans.

In 2001, Thompson established the Albert S. and Ruby R. Thompson Scholarship for TC students in psychology or music, as his wife, herself a musician, also maintained close contact with the Music Department.

Aside from his work at the College, Thompson was active in various other areas of his field. As an industrial consultant for Ed Glaser and Associates, he conducted managerial evaluations, job satisfaction studies and supervisor training. He served as president of the New York State Psychological Association in 1956 and was a key force in procuring the first certification law for psychologists in New York. He was also active in the APA, acting as chair of various committees and President of Division 17 in 1963.

A Memorial Service will be held on May 8th at the Meadowood Retirement Home in Worcester, Penn. The Thompson family has asked that all donations be made to the Albert S. and Ruby R. Thompson Scholarship Fund. Please contact Susan George at 212-678-3679 about making a gift.

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