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Kenneth Reed Thompson

electrical engineer

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.


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.


  • 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.

Howard Thompson

Larue (Head) Thompson

Margaret Louise Drody

Larry Stephen Thompson

Fred Lamar Thompson