Tommie R. Thompson

July 7, 2015

Baylor University is mourning the passing of Tommie R. Thompson (PhD MECHANICS '68), of Waco, Texas, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, who died June 29, 2015, surrounded by family and friends.

He received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University, a master's degree from Oklahoma State University, and his PhD from Michigan State University.

He was a respected professor of mechanical engineering in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, retiring from the university in 2008 after 25 years of service.

“Dr. Thompson was a teaching legend in the mechanical engineering department,” said Robert T. Doty, PhD, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering. “His favorite expression when explaining difficult concepts to his students was it is a ‘piece of cake.’ He was demanding, yet fair, and precise. His students always said they learned more from Dr. ‘T’ than anyone else.”

Thompson was a licensed professional engineer and was active in the community, organizing and implementing the MathCounts competition at Baylor for area junior high students and proctoring the Fundamentals Engineering Exam for graduating Baylor engineering students. He was named Engineer of the Year in 1995 by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Central
Texas Chapter. He also was an accomplished photographer who enjoyed taking road trips with his wife, Lynda, while photographing landscapes and nature.

“He truly made a difference in the lives of his Baylor students, and he will be missed by all,” Doty said.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Alice Thompson and Carrick, of Louisville, Ky.; brother, John R. Thompson of Tulsa; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Judy Bragg, as well as other family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may to be made to Providence Hospice of Waco or the charity of one’s choice.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date and held at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church in Waco.