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Thomas Thompson, former football player


Thomas W. Thompson, a stockbroker and former professional football player who was an All-American player in college, died of cancer Monday at University Hospital. He was 63.

Services for Mr. Thompson were being held today at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va.

He was named senior vice president in charge of the Baltimore office of Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc. in January. He lived in the Village of Cross Keys.

The native of Jersey City, N.J., served in the Army during World War II. He was a 1949 graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he was an All-Southern Conference center and an All-American. He played in the 1949 College All Star game.

He later was a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, and was on the Browns' 1950 National Football League championship team.

Mr. Thompson had been on the board of trustees of the College of William and Mary, and was named to the Sports Hall of Fame of both the college and the state of Virginia. His other memberships included the Center Club in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Bradley; a son, Thomas W. Thompson Jr. of Los Angeles; three daughters, Elizabeth B. Levy of Baltimore, Gail Elizabeth Wilkinson of Aiken, S.C., and Susan Ciborowski of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; three sisters, Phyllis Petras of Rahway, N.J., and Martha Jane Thompson and Mary Lou Walthers, both of Manasquan Park, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

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