TROY, AL (WSFA) - Troy University is extending its condolences to the family of Sorrell College of Business economics professor Charles Thompson, who died Thursday night.
"Professor Thompson was an integral part of our business faculty and epitomized the philosophy of being student centered," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. "It is with profound sorrow that we extend our sympathies to his family and acknowledge that we have lost one of our own."
An assistant professor of economics, Thompson joined the Troy University faculty in 1981 as an instructor, and was highly regarded by students, fellow faculty members and the public, authoring numerous grant proposals and consulting with both local governments and private industry.
"Professor Chuck Thompson was one of TROY's best economics instructors. He had the ability to explain complex economic concepts in terms that students could easily understand," said Dr. Kaye Sheridan, interim dean of the Sorrell College of Business.
"He was a genuine team player who was truly loved by his students and colleagues. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him," she said.
Thompson completed his undergraduate degree in business administration in 1979, and master of science in economics in 1983 at Auburn University, as well as post-graduate work in the field of labor economics and public finance/public choice at Auburn.
Steve Garrott, an assistant professor of marketing and friend, said Thompson could be demanding of his students but fair, and had a unique talent of connecting his students with the subject matter.
"He had a unique ability to make you see the 'forest in spite of the trees' when things were seemingly going askew around you," Garrott said. "Chuck loved his family and had a wide variety of interest outside academe. As a colleague and foremost a friend, he will be greatly missed."
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, April 26 at the Chapel of Dillard Fneral Home in Troy with burial following in Green Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy.