Tracy E. Thompson. - One of the representative citizens of Columbus is Tracy E. Thompson, who was appointed
in 1928 as industrial analyist, Industrial Bureau of Columbus. He is also assistant professor of Business Administration
at Ohio State University, having served in that capacity since 1927. Mr. Thompson was born at Hubbard, Iowa, September
23, 1892, the son of E. D. and May A. (Tracy) Thompson.
Both E. D. Thompson and his wife are natives of Illinois. They have been residents of Wellston, Oklahoma, since
1918. Mr. Thompson served as mayor of Hubbard, Iowa, where he was known as a succesful merchant and banker. He
is a Republican, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are the parents of three
children: Tracy E., the subject of this sketch; L. Dow, a World War veteran, professor at Tulane University, New
Orleans, Louisiana; and Ruth, married F. C. Perkins, living at Buffalo, New York.
Tracy E. Thompson obtained his early education in the public schools of Hubbard, Iowa, and after his graduation
from Hubbard High School in 1911 he entered Cornell College, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts
in 1915. He then served as field secretary for Cornell. He spent 1916 and 1917 at Columbia University, where he
received the degree of Master of Arts. In June, 1917, he enlisted for service in the World War and was sent immediately
to France. He was put on detached service with the chief surgeon's offices at General Headquarters and later transferred
to Tours with the same office. After the signing of the armistice he attended Grenoble University in France for
a period of four months. He was discharged as a sergeant in July, 1919. Later, during 1919, Mr. Thompson attended
the New York School for Personnel Managers, and on February 1, 1920, was appointed assistant to the supervisor
of personnel, Traffic Department of the Western Union Telegraph Company, with headquarters at 195 Broadway, New
York City. In 1922 Mr. Thompson, in partnership with his brother, L. Dow Thompson, organized the F-N Company, Inc.,
in Chicago. This was a metal manufacturing concern, of which Tracy E. Thompson was made president. During 1924-25
he served as head of the Department of Economics, Hillsdale (Michigan) College, and in 1925 took charge of the
Administration Department of Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio. Mr. Thompson came to Ohio State University
in 1927 as assistant professor in the College of Commerce and Business Administration, and is still serving in
that capacity. He was appointed Industrial Analyst of the Industrial Bureau of Columbus, in 1928.
In 1922 Mr. Thompson married Miss Lillian Rockwell, the daughter of W. F. and Lillian (Mann) Rockwell, the former
a native of Illinois and the latter of Iowa. Mr. Rockwell is retired and lives in Los Angeles, California. To Mr.
and Mrs. Thompson have been born two sons: Tracy E., Jr., born in 1925; and Robert Morris, born in 1927.
Mr. Thompson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Faculty Club, Taylor Society, American Management Association,
American Legion, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Kappa Alpha fraternities. He is a member of the American Economics Association,
and is editor of the Monthly Industrial Review.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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