Gerald Thompson

Profile Updated: January 4, 2013
Residing In: Vernon, BC Canada
Spouse/Partner: Joyce B. Kulak
Occupation: Retired
Children: Debra, born 1968, Diane, born 1975
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After high school I attended the University of Minnesota and earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering. I met my wife Joyce at the U. of M. and we married in 1963, moving to the San Francisco area I worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company launching rockets. "Pride and Joy" missions included first planetary flyby photos (Mars 1964) and first rendezvous and dock ( Gemini 8, March 1966 see photo). I did graduate work at Stanford in Palo Alto, completing an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics and worked at NASA Ames Research Center as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow.
We moved to Yorba Linda in Southern California in 1977 and I worked at the Hughes Aircraft Company and retired in 1999 after 20 years at Hughes. While at Hughes I was a part-time faculty member teaching engineering classes at Cal State Fullerton.
We have two married daughters, Debra living in Seattle and Diane in the San Francisco Area.

School Story:

I have several "stark" memories of our StLP school years. First I am so thankful for Miss Engan's 12th grade coaching me to take the U. of M. Engineering entrance exam. I owe everything to her! I learned much about life from football experiences, more from losses than wins. I recall a practice game when Marshall High School came and beat the h%$$ out of us and the senior year Robbinsdale game when we wallowed in the rain and mud and were slaughtered. Preparation is everything! I owe a lot to John Steimle for giving me drafting and metal forming skills that have paid me rich dividends! And thank you classmates for encouraging me to do well!

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Oct 27, 2021 at 2:36 PM

Belated Happy Birthday to you Kent! Thanks for sending me all your sports headlines! I am enjoying all the memories they bring to mind! Last week I was watching the 49ers vs Colts playing in a torrential downpour! Reminded me of our Senior game at Robbinsdale when we were in a torrential downpour and couldn't pass or run because of the mud bath we were in. Somehow your '57 news clippings don't make mention of the downpour deluge! Thanks for sharing those memories with me! Always your buddy Jerry!

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Oct 10, 2021 at 11:55 PM

Posted on: Oct 09, 2021 at 1:18 PM

Happy Birthday Freddy! Have a wonderful Day!

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Oct 25, 2020 at 2:42 PM

Wishing you a very Happy 80th Birthday Kent!

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Oct 10, 2020 at 4:07 PM

Posted on: Oct 09, 2020 at 12:44 PM

Happy 80th Birthday Freddy! Have a great Day!

Best wishes with love to you and Peg, always!
Jerry and Joyce

Aug 17, 2020 at 3:01 PM

Happy Birthday Bruce! Hope your special day was fun-fun!

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Jul 30, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Posted on: Jul 28, 2020 at 1:03 PM

Happy Birthday Bruce, have some fun, but be sure to avoid the COVID!

Jul 04, 2020 at 1:54 PM

Belated Happy Birthday to you Bruce! Stay safe from the COVID!

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Posted on: Jul 04, 2020 at 1:53 PM

Belated Happy Birthday to you Bev! have fun in your new digs around Sante Fe!

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Apr 13, 2020 at 3:54 PM

Happy 80th Birthday Don! Hope your day was special, even in the midst of these sad and unusual pandemic times. Enjoy your 80's to the fullest, and best wishes to you and your family! Thanks for all the memories I still have from the football field, and hockey rinks!

Cheers, Jerry

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Posted on: Aug 09, 2019 at 3:38 PM

Hi Bruce: I know this is a bit early, but have a very Happy Birthday next week! Hope all is well with you and Darlene!

Regards and Love from us!
Jerry and Joyce

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Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 at 7:01 PM

Happy Birthday DON! Hoping your day was special, filled with FUN!

Oct 25, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Belated Happy Birthday to you Kent! Loved seeing the photos of your 100 point Mercury at the 60th Reunion, sorry I missed it, but I had a wonderful trip to Tacoma for the International Studebaker Convention that same week. Regards to you, Laurie, and family!

Aug 16, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Have a very happy Birthday, Bruce! Have some fun with your '54 Bowtie, or riding your Harleys

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Jerry at Banff Springs Golf Club, Banff Alberta, October 2012
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
First rendezvous and docking in space- Neil Armstrong in Gemini VIII docking with our LMSC Agena, March 16, 1966
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Recon satellite photo of Soviet launch pad, circa 1967, probably taken by a KH-7 bird.




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