Daniel P. Thompson, 81,
lifelong resident of Ipswich, died on July 12, 2013 after a brief
illness. Born in
Boston on August 31,
1931, he was the son of the late Lovell and Katherine S. (Simonds)
College and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Thompson pursued graduate
study in mathematics, taught at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and directed market
research for the Gillette Company. He also served as Lieutenant in
the US Navy, including as Weather Officer on a destroyer during
nuclear testing in the
Appreciated for his wit,
wry humor, kindness, and intelligence, he was a lover of music,
meteorology, tennis, birds, and his dogs Quince and Indy. Later in
life, he lent his resonant bass, with gusto, to the leading role of
Murgatroyd in the
Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan
Players’ performance of Ruddigore.
Mr. Thompson leaves his
wife, Mary Caldwell of Ipswich; his children, Hatsy Thompson of
Ipswich, Charles M. Thompson of Wenham, and Rachel W. Thompson of
Washington, DC; his stepson and daughter-in-law Brooks and Melissa
McPhail of Ipswich; his grandson, Lovell J. Thompson of Wenham; his
sister, Judith T. Sapers of Cambridge, and his brother, Nicholas S.
Thompson of New Braintree. He is predeceased by his stepson Peter D.
A memorial service will be
held at 4 pm on Saturday, July 20 at the
31 County Street,
Ipswich. All are welcome.
Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu
of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Peter D. McPhail Scholarship Fund, c/o
16 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.