College of Education Mourns the Loss of Dr. Albert G. Thompson
Released: 6/13/2016

The College of Education mourns the loss of Dr. Albert G. Thompson, professor emeritus of educational policy and leadership.

Dr. Thompson received his doctorate in education from the University of California-Berkley, his master’s in education from the University of San Francisco and an English degree from Santa Clara University. From 1966 to 1988, Dr. Thompson served on the faculty of the Educational Policy and Leadership Studies in the College of Education. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; five children, all of whom attended Marquette, Albert G. (Business ’80), Michael (Engineering ’81), Ann (Liberal Arts and Education ’83), Chris (Journalism ’84) and Mark (University of Oregon, Archaeology ’88); eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Loved for his sharp wit and passion for learning, many of his students stayed in contact with him, including several who traveled to Guatemala to tour the coffee farm he and wife started after retiring. Maureen Polczynski, Ph.D., (Education ’90) recalled a 30-plus year relationship with Dr. Thompson that began when she was a teaching assistant for a social studies methodology class. She recalled, “His mantra was, ‘You have to understand what social/psychological set learners are bringing to the classroom before you can begin to teach.’ This is what Stephen Covey called ‘seeking first to understand… then to be understood.’ At the time I was convinced that Covey surely must have learned from Dr. Thompson.”



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