THOMSON, SHIELDS


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Independent Journal
Monday, Aug. 17, 1970
page 4

ALFRED THOMSON SUCCUMBS

Alfred N. Thomson, Marin County educator, died yesterday at a San Francisco hospital following a short illness.

Thomson, 54, of 127 Belle Avenue in San Rafael served as principal of San Rafael High School from 1961 to 1966.

A native of Scotland, he came to the United States with his parents in 1921, and received his early education in Vacaville before attending San Mateo Junior College for a year and receiving a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State College in 1939.

Following Navy service during World War II, he obtained a master's degree at Stanford University and joined the San Rafael School District in 1946.

Before being named principal, he served as football and swimming coach, head of the physical education department, dean of boys, teacher, and vice principal at San Rafael High School.

Following his resignation as principal, he taught two years at Santa Venetia Middle School and last taught at Terra Linda High School.

During college, he starred as captain of the San Francisco State football team and was a member of the state champion soccer team of San Francisco's Olympic Club in 1946.

He was a former president of the Marin Child Development Center in Tiburon and of the San Rafael Military Academy Board; and a member of the San Rafael Kiwanis Club and Scottish Rite, F&AM of Islam Temple, and a vestryman of St. Paul's Episcopal church in San Rafael.

Surviving are his wife, Constance and two sons, Norman Thomson and Robert Thomson, all of San Rafael; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Thomson of Santa Cruz; a sister, Elizabeth Shields of Redwood City; and two brothers, John Thomson of Eugene, Ore., and Robert Thomson of San Mateo.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mission Avenue and Court Street, San Rafael.

The family prefers donations to the Dr. Charles Wilson Neurosurgical Research Fund at University of California Medical Center, San Francisco; the Terra Linda High School Scholarship Fund or St. Paul's Church Memorial Fund.
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A Death Notice in the same paper says that he was a native of Coatbridge, Scotland.



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