Albert Eccleston Thompson Jr., 82, business executive

September 29, 2005

Albert Eccleston Thompson Jr., former president of tire manufacturing and electrical supply businesses, died of a heart attack Saturday at his Lutherville home. He was 82.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland, he was a 1942 graduate of Loyola High School. He joined the Coast Guard and accompanied convoys across the Atlantic during World War II.

Mr. Thompson worked at a family business, Baltimore Paint Removing, and joined the board of directors of Schenuit Industries Inc. in 1948. He later became president of the Woodberry tire-manufacturing plant, which was sold in 1972. He remained on the board of its successor, Schenuit Investments, until stepping down late last year.

He had also owned Oelmann Electric Supply Co. and Broadway Electric Co., the latter remaining in family hands. He retired about 10 years ago.

Mr. Thompson was the maternal grandson of Ned Hanlon, manager of the 1890s Baltimore Orioles. He owned the Hanlon Cup, a silver trophy made in 1944 and engraved with the lineups of the 1894 National League-champion Orioles and 1944 International League-champion Orioles.

Mr. Thompson lent the cup to the Babe Ruth Museum, where it was displayed and stolen in 1986. The trophy was recovered, and Mr. Thompson and officials of the firm that insured it presented the cup to the museum at a Memorial Stadium ceremony in 1987.

Mr. Thompson was a former member of the old Baltimore Academy of the Visitation Parents Club and led a 1970s drive to build the school's science building.

He enjoyed duck hunting at his Kent County farm and golf.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues, Mount Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Nancy Lee Schenuit; five daughters, Nancy Lee Kathryn Thompson and Susan Marie Witherspoon, both of Lutherville, Barbara Thompson Clements and Carole Lee Lareuse, both of Ruxton, and Karen Lee Kirlin of Chevy Chase; two sisters, Barbara Bauer of Stevensville and Edwina Reeve of Lutherville; and 12 grandchildren. A son, Albert Eccleston Thompson III, died in 1998.

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