Family, former students endow scholarship in honor of retiring faculty member

Release Date: April 11, 2008

PLAINVIEW – The family of Dr. Gerald Thompson, professor of biology at Wayland for 41 years, opened his retirement reception on Friday with a ceremony dedicating an endowed scholarship in honor of Thompson and his wife, Marilyn.

Sons Stephen, Paul and John Mark were on hand with their families to honor their parents with the Gerald and Marilyn Thompson Endowed Scholarship, which will provide funds for students in need for generations to come.

Born to pioneering farm families – the H.G. Thompsons of Bula and C. G. Iveys of Amherst – the Thompsons learned from experience the value of work and education. They married in 1961.

Dr. Thompson earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in science from Texas Tech University. He served in the U. S. Army for two years, then taught in Texas and New Mexico public schools for nine years before coming to Wayland in 1967. Mrs. Thompson has served Wayland as telephone service manager for 32 years.

The Thompsons are longtime members of College Heights Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and she works in the nursery. They say working at Wayland has been a great experience, and they are blessed to have spent so many years doing something they loved.

Endowed scholarships are created with gifts of any amount and invested through the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Once the fund reaches $25,000, it reaches full endowment and interest is pulled off annually to provide scholarships for students in need. Additional donations can be added to the principle at any time, creating greater interest for scholarships.

For more information on scholarships, contact Hope English, director of development, at 291-3430.