Ruth Marghuerite Nash Thompson, Ph.D., Professor of Education at Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA, died at home on Friday, April 8, 2011. She attended Fisk University (B.A.), Case Western Reserve University (M.Ed., 1971) and Kent State University (Ph.D., 1995). Dr. Thompson taught Early Childhood and Special Education at Edinboro for 21 years, until the time of her death, and was regarded by her peers and students as an outstanding classroom teacher and advisor.

Dr. Thompson was born in Nassau, The Bahamas, BWI, and became a U.S. citizen following her marriage. Prior to her career as a professor, she was active in preschool education, including conducting certifications for Head Start centers throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania. She was active in community and campus affairs, and was a Board member of Lakeshore Community Services in Erie. She loved her family, children, animals and baking.

Dr. Thompson is survived by her husband of 49 years, Richard ; daughter Beth and son-in-law Pascal; daughter Allison and son-in-law David; son Maxwell and daughter-in-law Racquel; and grandchildren Matteus, Indira, Nima and Yamila.

A memorial service will be held at Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro, PA on Saturday, April 16. The family will receive friends at 10:00 AM, followed by a service at 11:00 AM. There will be a reception from 12:00 to 2:30 PM at Miller Gym, Edinboro University.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Dr. Ruth N. Thompson Memorial Scholarship at Edinboro University, Advancement Office, 210 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16444.