ANSONIA - Ansonia Board of Education made a special dedication prior to its regular meeting Tuesday night.
Superintendent Jim Atchley and the board members - Rhonda Williams, Teresa Siefring, Don Moyers, Clarence Kammer and Eugene Mayo - dedicated the alumni hallway at the school by naming Alumni Hall in memory of Dr. Marlin Thompson, former superintendent of the school as well as of Darke County Schools.
Also in attendance was Thompson’s widow, Shirley.
“We are naming Alumni Hall in honor of him,” said Atchley. “He laid this all out pretty much, so we felt it fitting to name it after him.”
“He’d be shocked,” said Shirley.
“Marlin did the [display for] athlete hall of fame and one for the band,” Atchley added. “We appreciate everything Marlin did. Every once in a while, he would come in and talk to me, telling me he was available. Then, he said, ‘If you don’t, you won’t ever see me again. Typically, three or four times a year, we’d get together for lunch. He made himself available to me.”
Thompson served as superintendent of Ansonia Local School from 1964-78, and as the superintendent of the Darke County Education Service Center from 1978 to 1993, when he retired. He died in 2010.
Shirley, who had been married to Thompson for 53 years, said they came from Van Wert County. Her husband first taught school, coached and was a principal for five years for Grove Hill School in Paulding County. His job at Ansonia was his next assignment.
“He was 26 when we moved here,” she said.
The couple have two children, Jill Ulrich of Wilmington, and Ned Thompson, who died in an auto accident in 1990, and two grandsons.