Alice Thompson, administrative assistant

August 17, 2013
Alice M. Thompson
administrative assistant

Alice M. Thompson, a longtime Arlington resident and former administrative assistant at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, died Aug. 2 at Sunrise at Bluemont Park, a senior living facility in Arlington. She was 99.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Ruth Walton.

Mrs. Thompson, an Arlington resident for more than 50 years, worked at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington from 1960 until 1976.

During the late 1950s, she taught second grade at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean.

Her memberships included the Clarendon United Methodist Church and Arlington’s Powhatan Springs Woman’s Club. She volunteered as a tutor at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington and delivered Meals on Wheels up until her late 80s.

Sarah Alice Magruder was born in the District and graduated from McKinley Tech High School. She received a teaching degree from Farmville State Teachers College, now Longwood University in Virginia, in 1934.

During World War II, she volunteered as a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol in North Carolina.

Her husband of 48 years, James Thompson, died in 1982. Survivors include four children, Sally Mook of Blacksburg, Va., Ruth Walton of Fairfax County, Jim Thompson of Arlington and Bill Thompson of Richmond; a brother, Philip Magruder Jr. of Williamsburg; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

— Megan McDonough