Thompson, J(esse) J(ackson) 1919-1993
THOMPSON, J(esse) J(ackson) 1919-1993
See index for CA sketch: Born July 26, 1919, in Sanger, CA; died August 17, 1993. Psychologist, educator, and author. As a psychologist, Thompson specialized in communications disorders in his early career and, more recently, was coordinator for mental health services for the AIDS Response Program in Orange County, California. Completing his undergraduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1941, after World War II he received a master's at the University of California in 1947 and a doctorate in 1957. His early work was as a speech therapist for Pasadena, California, schools during the late 1940s. In the early 1950s, he was coordinator of special services and assistant superintendent for Riverside County, California, schools, leaving this post in 1956 to join the California State College at Long Beach faculty as a professor of speech and chair of the department. He became professor of communication disorders there and, from 1970 to 1974, was the director of the center for health manpower education. He left California State College in 1979 to form a private practice in psychology in Westminster and Santa Ana, California. Then, from 1988 to 1990, he served as coordinator of mental health services for the AIDS Response Program. Thompson wrote several books with Louise Scott, including Talking Time Webster (1951; revised edition, 1965), Speech Ways: A Guidance Approach to Oral Communication in the Middle Grades (1956), and Rhymes for Fingers and Flannelboards (1960).