By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun
2:59 PM EST, February 16, 2013
James Gabriel Thompson, a retired savings and loan association president, died of cerebral vascular disease Jan. 29 at Oak Crest Village. The former Guilford resident was 84.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Gwynn Oak, he was the son of Stephen Thompson, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad chief clerk, and the former Sue Jones, a homemaker.
He was a 1945 Loyola High School graduate. After serving in the Coast Guard in Washington, he earned a degree in business at what is now Loyola University Maryland.
He worked at Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan before becoming president of Highland Federal Savings and Loan on Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown. He was later president and board chairman of Odenton Federal Savings and Loan. He retired in 1996.
He and his wife, the former Jane Purnell, were among the first Oak Crest Village residents. He served on the Oak Crest Village Council.
Mr. Thompson was a past chairman of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen's finance committee and also served on its Preservation Trust Committee.
He had served a term as Baltimore City grand jury foreman. He was an instructor of management in the Savings and Loan Institute and served on committees of the Savings and Loan League.
He was also an early board member of the Northwood Baseball League on Hillen Road.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, survivors include a son, James G. "Tom" Thompson Jr. of Stewart Manor, N.Y.; and a granddaughter.
Plans for a funeral service are incomplete.
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