Luther Thompson -- Rochester

October 8, 2018

Luther Bowen Thompson, 95, passed away at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester on Sept. 16, 2018.

He was born in Illinois, Oct. 7, 1922, the son of Dr. Luther S. Thompson and Mercy B. Thompson. He moved to Rochester in 1924, when his father was employed by Mayo Clinic as a bacteriologist. Luther graduated from Rochester High School and then attended Wesleyan University in Middleton, Conn. When the U.S. entered WWII, he joined the Merchant Marines. After returning to the U.S. in 1948, he attended Harvard University, where he graduated with degrees in Fine Arts and museum work.

Luther was employed many places throughout his life, including The Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield, Conn., The Ramsey House in St. Paul, Telemark Lodge in Wisconsin and Forestville State Park in southeastern Minnesota, where he worked from 1971 until his retirement in 1987. He loved history and books and was knowledgeable about a lot of subjects, including antique furniture, architecture, clocks, pocket watches, silverware, glassware, keyboard instruments, cars, guns and butterflies, etc.

Luther especially enjoyed spending time at his log cabin in northern Wisconsin, looking after his property, getting much appreciated help from his longtime friend, Tim Gordon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nancy.

Luther is survived by a niece, Suzanne Beers of Stuart, Fla.; three nephews, Brad Hoag of Rochester, Russ Hoag of France and Scott Hoag of Denmark.

A Celebration Of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Rochester Cremation Services, 1605 Civic Center Dr. NW, Rochester, MN.

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