The campus community mourns the passing of Thomas A. “Tommy” Thompson ‘60, 78, who died on Sunday, June 25. Tommy spent 37 years at Bucknell University as an assistant coach or head coach for Men’s Basketball, Baseball and Golf until his retirement in 2001.
Tommy was a son of the late Lloyd and Edith (Johnson) Thompson. On August 3, 1979, he married the former Robynn Jackson, the love of his life, who survives.
Tommy was a 1956 graduate of Kane Area High School. Following graduation, Tommy went on to pitch professionally for the Detroit Tigers organization for three seasons until retiring to coach at Bucknell in 1964.
He enjoyed golfing, attending Bucknell University athletic events, watching Steelers Football, and most importantly, spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Robynn of 38 years, Tommy is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Aaron Bolig, of Shamokin Dam; one son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Jamie Thompson, of Fairport, NY; three grandsons, Gavin and Brennan Bolig, and Jackson Thompson; one granddaughter, Taylor Bolig; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Joanne Thompson, of Emporium; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Norman Thompson; and two sisters, Peggy Pearson and Shirley Grosch.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at Rooke Chapel, Bucknell University, with his pastor, the Rev. William S. Henderson, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tommy’s memory may be made to either the Bucknell University Basketball Program, Baseball Program or Golf Program, in care of the Bison Club, One Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 S. Third St., Lewisburg, PA 17837.
The family is being assisted by the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis Streets, Lewisburg.
Members of the Bucknell Community are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at bucknell.edu/InMemoriam and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others.
On behalf of the entire Bucknell community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Tommy’s family, as well as to all who knew him at Bucknell.
John C. Bravman