Judith J. Thompson, 79, a longtime Chestnut Hill resident and community volunteer, died Oct. 21 at The Hill at Whitemarsh where she had been living since 2007.
Mrs. Thompson was well known for her fundraising skills, which she used for the benefit of many area nonprofit organizations. She volunteered for many years with the Main Street Fair, which aided Chestnut Hill Hospital, and eventually became the fair’s chairperson.
She also was a member of the board of Chestnut Hill Academy, Chestnut Hill Hospital and the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.
Mrs. Thompson was born in Manitowoc, Wis., and graduated from Lincoln High School there. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.
She worked for a time in advertising in New York City, where she met and married Rodgers H. Woods Jr. in 1957. The couple later moved to Philadelphia where a son, Rodgers H. Woods III was born and she was widowed in 1964.
In 1967, she married the late Charles I. Thompson, an attorney who had three children of his own, and moved to Chestnut Hill, where she began a long period of community involvement.
Mrs. Thompson enjoyed music and gardening. She was a regular patron of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a member of the Philadelphia Garden Club. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
In addition to her son Rodgers, she is survived by sons Charles Thompson and Robert Thompson; a daughter, Nancy King; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Her ashes will be scattered next summer in the ocean in front of her summer home at Manset, Maine.
Memorial donations may be made to the Thompson Fund for Improving Teaching, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. – WF
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