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Kill Devil Hills- Jack Thomson, 87, of Kill Devil Hills died Saturday December 5, 2015 at Albemarle Hospital.
Born in Springfield, Illinois as John Allen Thomson, he was the only child of John H. and Hilda Clifford Thomson. Following high school graduation in California, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy’s Flying Midshipman program. He earned his wings at Pensacola, and served aboard the USS Biroko during the Korean Conflict.
Jack and his friend Henry Ferris then embarked on a year-long historic journey by canoe from the mouth of Venezuela’s Orinoco River, through the length of the Amazon River system, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This unique exploration took them a year and a day.
Jack then completed his B. A. degree from UCLA. and earned an M.A. from the American Institute for Foreign Trade in Phoenix AZ, the U. S.’s first international business school. AIFT is now named Thunderbird.
Jack’s career in commercial aircraft sales took him to South America, Europe, and the Middle East. He retired to the Outer Banks in 1998. Jack was active in the Military Officers Association and had just been appointed to the Dare County Airport Board.
Jack is survived by his wife Jeanne, son, Lance Thomson and daughter-in-law Ruth Thomson of Chapel Hill, granddaughters Peri, Anna, and Emma Thomson,
step-son Kim Davis, step-daughters Rachel and Jeanne Obbard, and grandson, Theo Obbard.
A memorial service will be held at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church Monday December 21, 2015 at 1 pm. The family will greet friends at the Gallop Funeral Services Chapel MP 16 Nags Head, the previous evening from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services is entrusted with arrangements