Betty K. Thompson, 98, teacher, community activist

April 13, 2006

Betty K. Thompson, a former teacher and community activist, died of a pulmonary embolism April 4 at Roland Park Place, where she had lived for 18 years. She was 98.

Born Betty Klinefelter in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park, she was a 1926 graduate of Bryn Mawr School.

Mrs. Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in 1930 from Smith College and a master's degree in Romance languages from the Johns Hopkins University in 1933.

She taught French at Calvert School from 1933 to 1939, and later at Bryn Mawr and Roland Park Country School.

The former Bolton Hill resident was a member of the Baltimore City Planning Commission from 1961 to 1967. She was a former president of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City and served as a member of the Governor's Commission for Court Reform.

She had co-chaired the Maryland Committee for the Liberalization of Abortion Laws and had been vice president of the Council for Equal Business Opportunity.

She worked as a tutor in the remedial reading program that was sponsored by Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church and had been a trustee of Bryn Mawr School.

Mrs. Thompson was a past president of the 16 East Hamilton Street Club and was a member of the Institute for Policy Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Thompson was a world traveler and enjoyed taking courses in literature and poetry.

She was married for 52 years to Donald Alexander Thompson, a printer and lithographer who had owned Arthur Thompson & Co., in the Candler Building. He died in 1987.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are two sons, Peter Thompson of Hobart, Wash., and David Thompson of Pittsford, Vt.; a daughter, Amanda Thompson McGreevy; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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