Mourning Alice Thompson: Judson University Christian College

Alice Thompson

Judson Mourns Passing of Alice Thompson 

Click here to see a video of Alice Thompson's funeral and a slide show of the viewing and funeral. 

One of Judson University’s founding members, Alice Aust Thompson, went to be with her Lord at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 10. Visitation with the Thompson family and Alice's funeral was held Friday, January 16, on Judson's Elgin campus.

Alice had battled cancer in recent years. After a “good day” on January 10, she passed quickly in the presence of her son, Jack. He was able to tell her that those remaining behind would be okay and that she would soon be with her Lord and dear husband, Ed. She was able to nod her head in acknowledgment but soon faded away. 

Alice and Ed Thompson came to Judson in 1963 so that Dr. Ed could begin a music program for the college. Alice joined Dr. Ed in teaching music and they created one of Judson’s strongest programs that included the Judson Choir and Handbell Choir performing at Judson and in various churches in the Midwest. The choirs also took several tours in the United States and abroad. After more than 30 years of teaching, the Thompsons retired from Judson in 1997 and Dr. Ed passed away in 2004. To honor the Thompson’s legacy, the University renamed the Fine Arts building for them this fall during Homecoming and celebrated their ministry during Founders’ Day.

Alice is survived by her children, daughter Ruth and son-in-law Enoch Carver of Elgin; son Jack Thompson of Elgin; son Mark and daughter-in-law Sandra Thompson of Elgin; and son Tom and daughter-in-law Jennifer Thompson of Waukesha, Wisc.

Visitation for Alice Thompson was held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, January 16, at the Thompson Center on Judson’s Elgin campus at 1151 N. State St. The funeral service followed at 11:30 a.m. in the Herrick Chapel. The Judson Choir, an Alumni Choir and Alumni Handbell Choir performed during the funeral.

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