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Kenneth Reed Thompson

Kenneth Reed Thompson, American electrical engineer. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior; Club: Briaereans. Patentee in field (7 United States, 7 foreign).


  • Thompson, Kenneth Reed was born on February 20, 1931 in Alma, Georgia, United States. Son of Howard and Larue (Head) Thompson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1953. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1954.


    • Registered professional engineer, Virginia With Georgia Power Company, Atlanta, 1950-1952. With General Electric Company, since 1954, systems engineer, 1958-1961, senior systems engineer, 1961-1966, engineering unit manager, 1966-1971, General Electric Drive Systems Department engineering subsection manager, 1971-1978, manager metal industry engineering, Salem, Virginia, 1978-1982, manager automated systems engineering, 1982-1984, manager advanced systems engineering, 1985-1987, project manager, since 1988. Adjunct faculty Georgia Institute of Technology, 1953-1954, University Virginia Extension, Roanoke, 1955-1958.

      Director Trendy Enterprises Inc. Board directors Order of the Engineer, Virginia Link, chairman, 1988-1989.

    Major achievements

    • Registered professional engineer, Virginia.


    Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (region 3 chairman 1982-1983, director 1982-1983, Centennial award 1984, Outstanding Service award 1986), Virginia Association Astronomical Society, Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society (vice president 1985-1988), Association Iron and Steel Engineers, Virginia Society Professional Engineers (director 1985-1990, president Roanoke chapter 1986-1987, vice president 1988-1990, Outstanding Service award 1987), National Society Professional Engineers, Briaereans Club, Phi Kappa Tau, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi.


    • Married Margaret Louise Drody, March 22, 1952. Children: Larry Stephen, Fred Lamar.
    • father: Howard Thompson
    • mother: Larue (Head) Thompson
    • spouse: Margaret Louise Drody
    • children: Larry Stephen Thompson
    • Fred Lamar Thompson
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    Born February 20, 1931