PMC Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Stephen Thompson passed away on July 12th, 2020. Stephen was a beloved teacher and mentor, productive scholar, and supportive colleague. He was also a dear friend to so many of us who had the good fortune to know him.
After receiving his BA and MA from Boston University and his theology degree from Yale University, Stephen joined Pine Manor College. He taught for over 40 years, from 1969 until his retirement in 2013, and touched the lives of generations of Pine Manor College students. Stephen taught a wide variety of philosophy, religion, and interdisciplinary courses throughout his career, including Time, Change, and Death: The Meanings of Mortality; Personal and Professional Ethics; and Culture, Consumption and Identity. In addition to teaching, Stephen was active in the administration of the College, serving as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division; Dean of First Year Students; Dean for Advising and General Education, and Dean for Co-Curriculum and Advising.
Stephen encompassed a special talent for inviting collaboration and advocating for inclusiveness that he effortlessly modeled for others. He championed team-teaching and interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning. His dedication to Pine Manor College and to his students extended well beyond his teaching, and he became a life-long mentor for so many.