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July 16, 2013

Daniel P. Thompson, 81

Ipswich — Daniel P. Thompson, 81, lifelong resident of Ipswich, died on July 12, 2013, after a brief illness. Born in Boston on August 31, 1931, he was the son of the late Lovell and Katherine S. (Simonds) Thompson.

Educated at Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Thompson pursued graduate study in mathematics, taught at Boston University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and directed market research for the Gillette Co. He also served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, including as Weather Officer on a destroyer during nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean.

Appreciated for his wit, wry humor, kindness, and intelligence, he was a lover of music, meteorology, tennis, birds, and his dogs, Quince and Indy.

Later in life, he lent his resonant bass, with gusto, to the leading role of Murgatroyd in the Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ performance of "Ruddigore."

Mr. Thompson leaves his wife, Mary Caldwell, of Ipswich; his children, Hatsy Thompson of Ipswich, Charles M. Thompson of Wenham, and Rachel W. Thompson of Washington, DC; his stepson and daughter-in-law, Brooks and Melissa McPhail of Ipswich; his grandson, Lovell J. Thompson of Wenham; his sister, Judith T. Sapers of Cambridge, and his brother, Nicholas S. Thompson of New Braintree. He is predeceased by his stepson, Peter D. McPhail.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., on Saturday, July 20, at the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich. All are welcome. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Peter D. McPhail Scholarship Fund, c/o Kathleen Gallanar, 16 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. To send a condolence, please visit