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Former Professor dies at age 72

By David Wiegand
On April 24, 2014

Marvin R. Thompson Jr., of Storrs, Conn. passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at 72, peacefully asleep at the Regency Heights Nursing Home. 

Thompson was a physicist and professor at UConn for 36 years. He contributed to the development of laser leukemia treatment and designed and created a giant spectrometer capable of magnifying the image of the AIDS virus enough to conduct better research on it. He was also involved in a Mars experiment in which he hoped to find extraterrestrial life. He retired in 2008, according to the Tolland Funeral Home

Thompson was born in Mineola, NY on April 7, 1942, the son of the now deceased Marvin Thompson Sr., and his wife Florence. He leaves behind his wife, Diane Thompson (née Goodsell-Andreoli) and two daughters: Florence Debra Lent of Guilford, Conn. and Julie DiDonato of Audubon, Pa; as well as two sisters, Dorothy Bellew and Diana Thompson, and three grandchildren, according to the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home.

Thompson graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and enrolled at Syracuse University. However, he eventually decided on the University of Connecticut, where he earned his Bachelors in Science in physics after a brief career with the U.S. Air Force.

Thompson's funeral will be held on April 26, 2014, at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home in Tolland, CT.

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