Sylvia <I>Howe</I> Thompson

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Sylvia Howe Thompson

  • Birth 1953 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 6 Nov 2005 Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Georgetown, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Memorial ID 111952785

Naturalist Sylvia Thompson Dies

Sylvia Howe Thompson, 52, a teacher and naturalist, died by accidental drowning while kayaking in Piscataway Creek in Prince George's County. She was reported missing Nov. 6, and her body was found Nov. 8.

Mrs. Thompson was doing research for a book about kayaking in the Washington area. She had retired in the spring after 17 years as a science teacher at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School.

She was born in Boston and graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She worked as a research assistant to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton at the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital in Boston before turning to primatology, working in Cambridge, England, and Kenya.

[She graduated from Concord Academy and Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa] In 1981, she entered Harvard University's doctoral program in biological anthropology and conducted field research on the mothering patterns of Hanuman langur monkeys in Rajasthan, India.

[In August, 1981 she married Dodge Thompson in Barnstable, Mass.]

She moved to the Washington area and taught graduate anthropology courses at George Washington University in 1982. She then taught science at Stoddert Elementary School in the District before switching to Beauvoir in 1988. She taught second-graders how to dissect squid and prepare rudimentary lab reports and to follow the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and the seasonal evolutions of trees.

Mrs. Thompson was co-author of more than 40 "Kids Can Do" columns for Parent & Child magazine. Since 1994, she also had taught seminars on behalf of Children's Resources International, for primary and preschool teachers from eastern and central European countries, Haiti and South Africa.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, D. Dodge Thompson of Washington; two daughters, Elizabeth Howe Thompson of Boston and Katherine Dodge Thompson of Cambridge, Mass.; her father, James Murray Howe of Cambridge, Mass.; and four brothers.

-- Washington Post Monday, November 14, 2005

Found on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 after a kayak accident on Piscataway Creek, Maryland. Beloved wife of D. Dodge Thompson and mother of Elizabeth and Katy. A Memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Georgetown, 31st and O Streets N.W. Mrs. Thompson also leaves her father, Jas Murray Howe, four brothers and a host of relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sylvia's memory to the Aududon Naturalist Society of Chevy Chase would be deeply appreciated by Sylvia's family.
- Published in The Washington Post from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2005

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  • Added: 7 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111952785
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvia Howe Thompson (1953–6 Nov 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111952785, citing Christ Church Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Micah (contributor 47257720) .