THOMPSON, Richard E.

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THOMPSON, Richard Edward ‘Dick’ (1912-2004)[SS#548-16-5154], born April 7, 1912 in Ojai, California, the oldest of six children born in California to Irish parents, John and Josephine Thompson. He went to school in Ojai and graduated from Villanova Preparatory School. Growing up, the Ojai back-country was his extended backyard, and Thompson developed a reputation of being able to out-hike anyone. From the age of fifteen, Thompson regularly went to the islands in the company of his friend, Charles W. Ashworth, three years his senior. He and Ashworth actively collected eggs together for about five years. On a few island trips they joined seasoned ornithologists, Sidney and Lawrence Peyton, M. C. Badger, Harold R. Canterbury, and others.

In 1933 at age 21, Thompson married Gertrude Boley (1912-1999) in Yuma, Arizona, and they were married for 65 years. In 1948 they moved with their daughter, Sue, to Mammoth Lakes, California, where Thompson owned and operated the Mammoth Garage. In the late 1980s they moved to nearby Bishop, splitting their time in Overton Beach, Nevada. As a widower, Thompson spent the last five years of his life in Atascadero with his grand-daughter and great-grandchildren. Thompson died on March 10, 2004 in Atascadero at age 91. He is buried in Mount Morrison Cemetery in Mono County. Thompson was survived by his daughter, Sue Bouska and her family.

Thompson collected on:


Together Ashworth and Thompson collected sets of Bald Eagle eggs:

Anacapa Island:

  • March 11, 1928 [WFVZ 52459]
  • February 24, 1929 [MVZ 4622]
  • March 9, 1930 [WFVZ 76454]

Santa Cruz Island:

  • March 9, 1930 [WFVZ 65872]

Thompson, on a trip with Sidney Peyton and Lawrence Stevens, collected an additional set of Bald Eagles eggs on Santa Cruz Island on March 8, 1931 [WFVZ 126211].


» Charles W. Ashworth and Richard E. Thompson Collecting Notes in The Oologist 47(100):122-124 October 1930.



Island Collections~
ANACAPA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. Thompson WFVZ March 13, 1927 WFVZ-126015 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
~ trip ~
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. Thompson WFVZ May 13, 1927 WFVZ-203525 Pelecanus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. Thompson WFVZ May 15, 1927 WFVZ-27565 Haematopus penicillatus Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. Thompson WFVZ May 15, 1927 WFVZ-73897 Larus occidentalis Eggs
~ trip ~
Anacapa Island R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ March 11, 1928 WFVZ-52459 Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ March 15, 1928 WFVZ-73972 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
~ trip ~
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON MVZ February 24, 1929 MVZ-4622 Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth ROM February 24, 1929 ROM-500476 Phalacrocorax auritus californicus Birds
~ trip ~
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ May 11, 1929 WFVZ-73899 Pelecanus occidentalis Birds
~ trip ~
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ May 19, 1929 WFVZ-73898 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ May 19, 1929 WFVZ-81350 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island R. E. THOMPSON ROM May 19, 1929 ROM-500363 Phalacrocorax auritus albociliatus Birds
~ trip ~
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth WFVZ May 9, 1930 WFVZ-76454 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ May 11, 1930 WFVZ-81351 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ May 11, 1930 WFVZ-81352 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON OMNH May 11, 1930 OMNH-2518 Phalacrocorax pelagicus Eggs
~ trip ~
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ April 19, 1931 WFVZ-148934 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ April 19, 1931 WFVZ-83200 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs
Anacapa Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. THOMPSON WFVZ April 19, 1931 WFVZ-27699 Phalacrocorax penicillatus Eggs


SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

5/19/1929 ROM eggs [with C. Ashworth]


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. Thompson WFVZ April 21, 1929 WFVZ-84915 Vermivora celata Eggs
Santa Cruz Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. Thompson WFVZ May 12, 1929 WFVZ-85240 Thyromanes bewickii Eggs
Santa Cruz Island Charles Ashworth & R. E. Thompson WFVZ March 9, 1930 WFVZ-65872 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
Santa Cruz Island R. E. Thompson WFVZ March 8, 1931 WFVZ-126211 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs



In the News~

March 30, 2005 [Inyo Register]: “Richard E. Thompson, 91 died on March 10, 2004 in Atascadero, he was born April 7, 1912 in upper Ojai to John E. and Josephine Thompson. Richard went through school in Ojai and graduated from Villanova Preparatory School. He married Gertrude Boley in 1933 in Yuma Ariz., and they were married for 65 years. Richard, Gertrude and daughter Sue moved to Mammoth Lakes in 1948, where they owned and operated the Mammoth Garage at the corner of Main Street and Old Mammoth road. Richard was on the Mono County Planning Commission for many years in the 50s. He was also a member of the Mono County Chamber of Commerce, the National Forest Recreation Association for the 11 western states, a 60-year member of the Elks lodge and a lifetime member of the Mammoth Lakes Lions Club. Richard was an avid and skilled hunter and fisherman, which started as a young boy in the Ojai back country. As a teen, his dad, brothers and friends mad many trips to the Eastern Sierra to hunt and dish. Finally at the age of 36 his dream of living and making a living in the Sierra came true. Family said that he had the reputation of being able to out-hike almost everyone, and noted that he was an excellent fly fisherman. He also loved snowmobiling. Upon retirement, he and Gertrude spent a lot of happy time traveling with their motorhome and boat. They moved from Mammoth to Bishop in the late ‘80s and usually spent from November to May in Overton Beach, Nev. with family and friends, fishing, playing cards, and having a lot of good laughs. For the last five years Richard resided in Atascadero, where he was very blessed to be cared for and looked after by his granddaughter and grandson-in-law and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude; brother, Thomas Thompson; and sister, Louise Oakley. Richard is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Sue and Ed Bouska of Mammoth Lakes; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Keri and Mike Ellison of Atascadero; grandson, Kevin Bouska of Reno, Nev.; Great-grandchildren Kelsey, Aaron, Evan and Stephanie of Atascadero; brother John Thompson, Jr. of Ventura; sister, Helen Kinney of Merlin, Ore.; and sister, Jo Cromie of Fawnskin. "His terrific sense of humor and wit, which was experienced by many, will certainly be missed," loved ones said.Those wanting to honor his memory should donate in his mane to the Southern Mono Historical Society, P.O. Box 65, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.”