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Trailblazing professor to be honored for service to students, community

The University of Toledo on Wednesday will recognize Dr. Lancelot C.A. Thompson for 55 years of teaching and leading student affairs.


The University will unveil the Dr. Lancelot C.A. Thompson Meeting Room in Student Union Room 2592 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, with a short program and reception.

Thompson, professor emeritus of chemistry, was one of the first four recipients of the institution’s Outstanding Teacher Award, an honor based on student nominations.

He went on to serve as vice president for student affairs in 1968 and held the position for 22 years. He also served as assistant dean for undergraduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences, and dean of student services.

Thompson has long served as a mentor to many students, particularly student-athletes. A native of Jamaica, Thompson came to the United States on a track scholarship.

“Over the years, Lance has been an adviser, a mentor and, most of all, a friend to many of our student-athletes. The wisdom and guidance Lance provides plays an important role in their lives,” said Mike O’Brien, UT vice president and athletic director.

To help inspire the next generation of college students, Thompson also continues to help organize the annual Aspiring Minorities Youth Conference.

“Lance’s mark on The University of Toledo and in particular on the Division of Student Affairs is immeasurable,” said Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, senior vice president for the student experience. “He’s a true student services professional who gave us a blueprint for service and optimism and dedication.”

Thompson says that “helping students is a part of me.”

“If anything is said about me, just let it be that I cared about people, especially students, so they had all the help available to them.”

Click here to download a photo of Thompson.

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The Blade (Feb. 24, 2014)

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