American Field

Frank Thompson Remembered

By Jim Emerson | Nov 18, 2021
Frank Thompson

Clear Spring, Md. — Frank Thompson died peacefully in sleep on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the age of 85.

Frank had been ill for several years and his death brought peace to a kind and generous soul. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marietta S. Thompson, his daughter, Sarah Thompson, and his grandson, Tyler Waters. He is also survived by his sister, brother-in-law, his sister-in-law, two nieces, four nephews and their spouses, and nine great nieces and nephews.

Frank had an infectious sense of humor and was loved by all who had the good fortune to know him.

Frank graduated from the University of Maryland and received his Master's and Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia. He taught through the years at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Va., Hood College in Frederick, Md., Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, and retired from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga., as a full professor and Chairman of the School of Education in 1996. Frank loved teaching, was a natural teacher and devoted to his students.

Frank’s favorite times were spent with his dogs. He owned and operated Faraway Kennels where he bred, raised and trained pointers. He campaigned his four-legged companions successfully mostly along the East Coast from Florida to New York and across the Canadian prairies from Manitoba to Alberta.

His abiding interest in producing the very best puppies led him to research and publish “The Pointer Breeders’ Almanac” in 1980 and an updated supplement in 1985, and again in 1990 and supplement in 1995.  (We still have all of the American Field issues in which this monumental piece of work was carried!)

Frank is greatly missed by his family, friends and many bird dog enthusiasts.

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