Dr. Sherwood Thompson

Dr. Sherwood Thompson

Sunday April 5, 2020
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A public memorial will be held at a later date in Richmond, KY when restrictions due to Covid-19 are lifted.

Dr. Sherwood Thompson, 68, passed away on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Baptist Health Richmond Hospital in Richmond, KY. He lived in Richmond with his wife, Dr. Doris Crawford Thompson.

Dr. Thompson was born on January 7, 1952, in Greenville, South Carolina. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, a Master of Education and a Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to being awarded two faculty fellowships from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he was the recipient of the following: the Mid-Level Professional Training Certificate from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, a Certificate from The Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities Dean’s Leadership Institute, and a Certificate from The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Dean’s Leadership Institute. He received a Certificate from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Dean’s Advanced Development Institute, and he was a UC Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy Fellow.

Dr. Thompson was the former Assistant Dean of the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University, former Executive Director of the Model Laboratory School and the Teacher Education Services Office. Dr. Thompson was a tenured full-professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Education at Eastern Kentucky University. In addition, Dr. Thompson's work included five books and a two-volume 900-page encyclopedia on diversity and social justice. Dr. Thompson is listed in The Encompass Digital Repository with over 60 scholarly papers. Dr. Thompson served as the Principle Investigator for the Call Me Mister® Program, an African American male teacher leadership program and for The Best Should Teach Program, a teaching excellence program for district and College educators.

Dr. Thompson attained distinction through a lengthy and productive career, directing campus-wide diversity programs for three major Carnegie Foundation Division 1 public research universities, as well as one regional polytechnic university. He served as the Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research International. He was the former interim chief diversity officer at EKU. Under his leadership as interim chief diversity officer, he was awarded the 2016 Higher Education Excellent in Diversity (HEED) Award for innovative diversity program development. Professor Thompson served on the editorial boards of the Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning, Journal for the Advancement of Educational Research, and he was a reviewer for the International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, and the Journal of Negro Education.

Dr. Thompson served twice as a delegate to the College Board Chinese Bridge Delegation. Also, he was invited to India as a guest lecturer, speaking at the India Institute of Technology in Bangalore and the Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Education in Coimbatore. He was a frequent reviewer on doctoral committees at the University of Karachi, Pakistan and Mother Teresa Women’s University in Kodaikanal, India. In 2015 he was awarded the Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship in Salzburg Austria. He exceled in building global citizenship awareness and international programs, as evidenced by his frequent visitations at international schools and universities and his scholarly presentations at international conferences.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his mother, Carolyn Harris and stepfather, Richard Harris of Greenville, SC; his mother-in-law, Jeanette Crawford, of Clarksdale, MS; a special aunt, Jacqueline Chatman, of Gary, IN; two sisters, Vanessa Harris, and Penny Hawthorne; one son, Malik Thompson and daughter-in-law, Jessica, of NY; one daughter, Aminah Thompson, of Durham, NC; two grandsons, Khari Thompson, of NY, and Josiah Jefferson Thompson, of NC; a brother-in-law, Monty Crawford; one niece, Brandy Hawthorne; one uncle, Isadore Thompson; and a special cousin, Ronnie Harris.
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  • Service

    Saturday April 18, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday April 18, 2020 1:00pm
    Resthaven Memorial Gardens
    Piedmont Highway
    PIEDMONT, SC 29673
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  • Interment

    Resthaven Memorial Gardens
    Piedmont Highway
    PIEDMONT, SC 29673
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Shawn White

Posted at 12:24pm
I spoke with Sherwood back in January and cannot believe he is gone. The world is a worse place for his loss, but hopefully the kindness and intelligence that he shared with so many people will continue to be a force for good. I will forever be grateful for his friendship, mentoring and opportunities he provided me. Without him, I may have never gotten into my graduate program, which may have saved me from destitution in the midst of the recession. He took a risk on someone he didn't know and that was more generous than he probably even realized. I'm sorry for any suffering you endured, Sherwood, but I'm glad you can now be at peace. Goodbye, old friend.

Lavell Thornton

Posted at 08:36am
Sherwood was like a big brother to me. Our families are very close. I am best friends with his sister Vanessa. Sherwood was a great role model and showed us what hard work, persistence, and passion for what you love looks like. He loved his family and his work. He was accomplished, personable, thought provoking, and kind. Job Well Done "Brother". RIH.
Lavell R. Thornton


Posted at 03:27pm
My deepest & sincere condolences to the family.
A very dear childhood friend.
Janice N. Smith

Nan Huskamp

Posted at 09:28am
I went to school with Dr. Sherwood Thompson. So sorry to hear. Praying for the family. What an accomplishment he did in his life.
Nadene Huskamp

Omobolaji Awolola

Posted at 03:04pm
OMG!!! The great ones are really leaving us !!!! It's really hard for me to believe my dear friend of more than 40 years and, to a great extent, a mentor, has really been called home. Thank you Lord, for giving him to us and for me to have this much time with and around him. His friendliness and hospitable character, sustained with an infectious smile everytime, will always linger.

On that breezy and cold late September mid-morning in 1977, somewhere in the small area on the ground floor of Greenville Tech's Library Building , with an unmistakable friendly smile, Sherwood , Charles Gibson and their 2 lovely beauties - Kodu and Nifla, approached the 4 "new kids from Nigeria"... me and 3 other newly-minted Nigerians in America !!!! We couldn't be happier and excited. At this time, Nigeria was hosting FESTAC(Africa's #1 Festival of Arts and Culture) and our new friends were no novices to that august event on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
From that moment, a lifelong friendship was forged between us all. Our families have become very close since then. Sherwood's down-to-earth social simplicity and scholarly aptitude; on the one hand; his continuing desire to always link people resonnated very well with me. Wheter it was a week or a year or, a few years since we had last seen each other, every and anytime we met again was always refreshing. Sherwood was a friend, worth looking forward to meeting and chatting with again.
In the early days of our firendhship, I was very grateful and excited, to be introduced and "inducted" into the need to continue the great and also sustainable civil rights push and the cultural diversity legacies beyond the 70's... We travelled to a few places and met a few more people that made my transition into the new American life very much easier to assimilate. One thing I learned early from Sherwood, was and still is; it's ok to be agreeable and funny; it's even better to have conversations of substance.
My heart goes to the family at this time; Sherwood came, he did hios part very well. He left us at the height of his acheivements as a worthy son; compassionate brother, dutiful father father, a loving and caring husband, a schorlarly academic; and , my friend and brother.
Bolaji Awolola .... on behalf of Elaine and our family.
Rest in Peace!!! Our spirits shall meet again!!!

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