It is with sadness that we announce William P. Thompson Jr., one of our founders and the ‘T’ of TVS, passed away peacefully this week in the presence of his wife of 62 years, AlJean Dorsey Thompson.
As the business leg of our founders’ three-legged stool model, Mr. Thompson helped build tvsdesign into a thriving, profitable commercial firm. A fierce community advocate, he was a driving force in the development of the city and the state.
Born in Moultrie, GA in 1927, Mr. Thompson attended Auburn University, graduated, and moved to Macon to practice architecture in 1949. After 15 years of practice, in which he specialized in local government projects, he decided to expand, partnering with Thomas Ventulett and Ray Stainback Jr. in 1968. During his tenure, the firm designed projects that defined the city: OMNI Center, the Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center, and the King and Queen buildings. He acted as principal-in-charge at tvsdesign for more than twenty five years until his retirement in 1995.
Services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Friday, September 8 at 1:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to NewTown Macon for the benefit of The Arts Complex, 555 Poplar Street, Macon, GA 31201 or The Father Purcell’s Home for Exceptional Children 2048 West Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36108.
Mr. Thompson lived an extraordinary, impassioned life and we feel deep gratitude for the opportunity to honor his memory and contribute to his legacy.