Robert Andrew Thompson, a retired Foreign Service Reserve officer with the U.S. Agency for
International Development, died on July 4, 2014, at the age of 86. He lived in Arlington, Virginia.
Born in Illinois, Thompson saw combat during the Korean conflict as a member of the
11th Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and attained the rank of captain. He earned his bachelor’s
degree in 1960 and his master’s degree in 1962 from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Thompson joined USAID in 1963 as a management analyst. A year later, he was assigned to Saigon, working successively as an assistant development officer, assistant provincial representative and provincial representative. In 1968, he was transferred to Bangkok as an assistant program officer. After four years at USAID headquarters, he returned to Bangkok in 1973 as a program operations officer.
In retirement, Mr. Thompson perfected his golf game, primarily at the Army-Navy Club course in Arlington. Mr. Thompson leaves Marian O’Connor Thompson, his wife of 56 years.