In Memoriam: Kenneth R. Thompson (1930-2016)

Dear Colleagues and Friends –

I am deeply saddened to inform the Department that Kenneth R. Thompson, emeritus Registrar and Associate Professor of Classics at Victoria College, in the University of Toronto, died last Friday, August 26, at the age of 85. 
Ken received his B.A. in 1953 from Queen’s University and his A.M. in 1954 from Harvard University. In 1954-1955, he worked as Principal Clerk at the National Research Council in Ottawa, where he met his future wife Katharine (Appleby), and from 1955-1957 he taught as Lecturer in Classics at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Ken and Katherine married in 1957 and moved back to Boston, where their son Bernard (Kuniko) was born. Ken left Harvard ABD in 1959 to take up a position as Lecturer in Classics at Victoria College in the University of Toronto, where he was promoted to Assistant Professor (1963), Associate Professor (1973), Associate Registrar (1975) and then to Registrar (1977). His daughters Cecily (Shakir) and Hope (Simone) were born in Toronto. During his years in the Registrar’s Office of Victoria College Ken continued to teach Introductory Latin and Greek in the combined Department of Classics at the University of Toronto. The history and community of Victoria College were of great importance and interest to him, and he had a rich professional life there until his retirement in 1996, and well beyond. Ken was a kind and patient teacher and a staunch and generous friend to generations of students and colleagues at Victoria College, and he remained closely involved with the College throughout his retirement.
A death notice appeared appeared in the Globe and Mail on Monday, August 29. 
A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 2, at 10:00am at the Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
All best wishes,


Alison Keith FRSC, Professor and Acting Chair
Department of Classics
University of Toronto