Rear Admiral Gerald J. Thompson, SC, USN (Ret) passed away on June 28, 2015. He was born on April 1, 1930 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and grew up near the San Antonio suburb of Alamo Heights.
Rear Adm. Thompson retired in November 1981 after 29 years of active naval service while serving with the Defense Logistics Agency as Deputy Director for Contract Administration Services at Cameron Station in Alexandria, Virginia. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps in June 1952. He attended the University of Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952, and received an M.B.A. Degree from Stanford University in 1960. Duty stations included: USS Valley Forge (CVA 45); USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98); Nuclear Weapons Supply Annex, NSC San Diego; Los Alamos Task Group, Eniwetok Proving Grounds; Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission; USS Bushnell (AS 15); Strategic Systems Project Office; Ships Parts Control Center, Mechanicsburg, PA; Commanding Officer, NSC Puget Sound; Deputy Chief of Naval Material for Procurement and Production, and Deputy Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command for Contracts.
He was predeceased by his first wife. He is survived by their three children, his second wife, six grandchildren, three step-children and four step-grandchildren. A celebration of life was held July 13, 2015 at Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Burial will be on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy. The interment was held on August 10, 2015 at the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery.