As proud alumni of The University of Southern Mississippi
and Marilyn Thompson are honoring their alma mater through the establishment of the Ray and Marilyn Thompson Scholarship Endowment
As students at Southern Miss
and Marilyn Thompson were both actively involved in university activities.
As a transfer student in 1967, Ray Thompson was active in intramural sports and Alpha Tau Omega, serving as president during his senior year.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1969.
After marrying in 1969, Ray
and Marilyn Thompson lived in various cities before settling in Tyler, Texas.
Ray Thompson began his career in hospital administration at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and has worked in the field for almost 40 years.
He has worked for the Trinity Mother Frances Health System for 28 years, where he currently serves as president/chief executive officer of Mother Frances Hospital and executive vice president/chief operating officer for the system.
Ray Thompson also serves as president of the board of Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Jacksonville, Texas.
He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of various other professional organizations.
He is a founding board member and past board president of Hospice of East Texas and a board member of the East Texas Council of Boy Scouts.
Ray Thompson is also a member of the board of the Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital and has served on other boards in the community.
and Marilyn Thompson have been active supporters of public education in Tyler, Texas.
Ray Thompson led a committee of community members to design and build a state-of-the-art field house and athletic center for Robert E. Lee High School.
led the efforts to renovate and expand the Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium and Earl Campbell Field.
also worked with other community leaders to renovate the Mike Carter Baseball Field.
and Marilyn Thompson reconnected with Dr. Saunders through a series of events both in Hattiesburg and Tyler, Texas.
After meeting with Dr. Saunders and Dr. David Wolf, vice president for advancement, Marilyn and Ray Thompson made the decision to show their appreciation to their alma mater through the establishment of an endowed scholarship to provide support to students at Southern Miss in perpetuity.
â€œWhile Ray and Marilyn Thompsonâ€™s careers led them to Texas, we are proud that they never lost their appreciation for their start at Southern Miss,â€ said Dr. David Wolf, vice president for advancement. â€œTheir generosity should serve as an inspiration to fellow alumni and friends to remain committed to providing opportunities for future generations.â€
Photo Caption: Ray Thompson, Marilyn Thompson, Dr. Martha Saunders and Dr. David Wolf