Alan Wetherbee Thompson

March 2, 1941 Ė Jan. 6, 2014

Alan Wetherbee Thompson of the Town of Vernon died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, following heart surgery at age 72. Alan was born in Newton, Mass., on March 2, 1941, the son of Harlan and Priscilla (nee Johnson) Thompson and grew up in Pleasantville, N.Y.

He earned a bachelorís degree in chemistry from Long Island University (then CW Post) and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. He did post-doctorate work at Pennsylvania State University, Oregon State University and the University of Nebraska.

Alan worked in the geology department of Memorial University in St. Johnís, Newfoundland, from 1975 until 1977. He then worked in the chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1978 until 2011.

Alan was a member and librarian of the Waukesha Choral Union, a member of Vernon Presbyterian Church Choir and Carroll Bibliophiles. He was a world traveler and enjoyed world culture.

He loved live theater, classical music and singing. Above all, he enjoyed being with his family.

His family and many friends will sorely miss him. Alan is survived by his wife, Linda; his three children, Douglas Thompson, Susan Mullally and Becky Thompson; and four grandchildren, Zack, Adina and Shira Thompson and Patrick Mullally. He is further survived by his two sisters, Martha Nester and Carol DeCoster, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Beth Sarles, in 2012.

Services will be held at Vernon Presbyterian Church, S71-W23280 National Ave., Big Bend, on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. with a service of remembrance at 3 p.m. The Rev. Henry Hanna will preside. A private family committal will be held at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Waukesha Choral Union, P.O. Box 495, Waukesha, WI 53187, or to Vernon Presbyterian Church.

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.