Edward J. Thompson, architectural designer

Obituaries March 5, 2014 0 Comments

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Edward Jackson “Jack” Thompson, 79, of Chestnut Hill, an architectural designer and sculptor, died Feb. 17 of inclusion body myositis at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Mr. Thompson specialized in classical architectural design and was commissioned to redesign several Supreme Court chambers in Philadelphia’s City Hall and court interiors at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media.

Among his other public projects was the Martin Luther King Memorial Garden at the 59th Street Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.

A strong supporter of Philadelphia artists, he operated the Panama Gallery in Center City Philadelphia for several years in the late 1950s.

Mr. Thompson was a graduate of Haverford College and studied sculpture and the history of art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He sculpted many medallions and busts for friends.

A resident of Chestnut Hill for more than five decades, he was active in efforts to maintain the architectural character of the community.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary; a son, John, of Atlanta; a sister, Bertha Thompson, of Morristown, N.J., and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, with interment at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Freeland, Pa. – WF

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