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RIP: James R. Thompson

Jim ThompsonJames R. Thompson, age 84, passed away on Ash Wednesday, February 13. He was born in Detroit on July 31, 1928, son of Dorothy and AJ Thompson. Jim is survived by his sister, Mary Dziuba Eremia, his niece Nancy D. Schuler, his nephew John T. Dziuba, relatives in Canada, including cousin Ted Boake of British Columbia, and by Michael McCleer.

After earning his undergraduate and MBA degrees at the University of Michigan, Jim proceeded to law school at Wayne State University. He served in the US Army for two years in the Advocate General’s Office in Germany. Upon his return he earned his CPA and established a successful career as a tax attorney, the balance in private practice.

Jim enjoyed a wide range of friendships which were enlarged by his volunteer work at the Capuchin Kitchen and with DignityUSA where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. A voracious reader and excellent cook, he is remembered as a generous, kind, and very intelligent man whose forceful voice was heard at any display of prejudice or injustice. Jim was a lifelong member of the ACLU. The strength and dignity with which he battled cancer over many years reflected the depth of his deeply cherished Catholic faith.

Jim’s life was celebrated on March 17, 2013 at Marygrove College Chapel in Detroit.