Amelia Thompson, Wife of University’s First President, Dies

Posted: December 7, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Amelia Harney Thompson, 93, of Charlottesville, Va., died of a stroke on Nov. 17. Her husband of 61 years was Lorin Andrew Thompson Jr., who in 1966 became the first chancellor of George Mason College and in 1972 the first president of the newly independent George Mason University.

Amelia Thompson played a role at Mason by founding the GMU Women’s Club, and she assisted in the enhancements made to the uniforms worn by Mason’s pep band in the late ’60s and ’70s.

She is survived by seven children, 20 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Lorin Thompson served as Mason’s president until retiring in 1973. He was also a trustee emeritus of the George Mason University Foundation. He died in 1999.

During Lorin Thompson’s seven-year tenure, the student population grew from 840 to more than 4,000.

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