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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Barbara L. ThompsonTeacher

Barbara L. Thompson, 56, who taught English at private schools in the Washington area, died of bile-duct cancer Nov. 25 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. She lived in Bethesda.

Mrs. Thompson was born in Trenton, N.J., and was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She received a master's degree in learning disabilities education from the University of Maryland in 1995.

From 1986 to 1991, she taught English and coached soccer and softball at Oakcrest School in McLean. She taught middle school and high school English and coached softball at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac from 1991 until June, when she became ill.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Leonard H. Thompson Sr. of Bethesda; three children, Tara Byrne of Washington, Leonard H. Thompson Jr. and Jeffrey M. Thompson, both of Bethesda; her parents, Michael and Agnes Matecki of Stuart, Fla.; two brothers; and a sister.

Gordon C. ThomsonMachinist

Gordon C. Thomson, 85, a machinist for the Army, died Nov. 20 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Thomson was born in Montreal and moved to Alexandria as a youth. He graduated from George Washington High School and apprenticed as a machinist at the Naval Torpedo Factory before enlisting in the Army during World War II. He served as a machine gunner in the European theater and returned to his job after the war ended. He retired in 1980 from Fort Belvoir.

He was a 33rd-degree Mason, past potentate of the Kena Shrine and a supporter of the program that transports children with disabilities to Masonic hospitals for medical care. He was also a lifelong member of Del Ray United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

His wife, Gladys Thomson, died in 2000.

There are no immediate survivors.

Leonora ThomsonGM Secretary

Leonora Thomson, 93, a retired secretary who was a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 22 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. She had lived in Fairfax County.

Mrs. Thomson, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Eastern High School in 1929 and worked at the Woodward and Lothrop department store before becoming a secretary for the General Motors' patent division. She retired in 1973.

A member of Del Ray United Methodist Church in Alexandria for more than 50 years, Mrs. Thomson was a volunteer with many of its groups. She also was a reading tutor in the Alexandria schools and for 30 years hosted visiting schoolchildren from Burlington, Vt., who knew her as "Grandma Thomson."

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