Hall Thompson

Hall Thompson
Class of 1987
Category: Distinguished Sportsmen

born: in Nashville, TN

Born May 28, 1923 in Nashville,Tennessee. After graduating from Duncan Preparatory School in 1941, he attended Vanderbilt University until called to serve his country in World War II. In 1957, he acquired the north Alabama dealership for Caterpillar Tractor, the world's largest manufacturer of earth moving and construction equipment, and a major supplier of diesel and natural gas engines and gas turbines. Thompson Tractor Co., Inc established its headquarters in Birmingham, and under Hall Thompson's leadership, became one of the most successful Caterpillar dealerships in the nation. A dedicated golfer, Mr. Thompson fulfilled a longtime goal when he, with expert assistance from Jack Nicklaus, developed the Shoal Creek Golf Course. The magnificent course has gained national and international recognition in the world of golf and has hosted three national championships. In 1985, Golf Digest ranked Shoal Creek as the 14th finest golf course in America, while elevating it to #3 in the quality of turf grass. In the same year, Golf Magazine ranked Shoal Creek 26th in the world. Mr. Thompson served on a number of corporate boards, including AmSouth Bank, South Central Bell, BellSouth Telecommunications, Protective Life Corporation, and Alabama By-Products Corporation. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Crippled Children's Foundation and was the past director of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the State Chamber of Commerce, and Associated Industries of Alabama. He served on the Vanderbilt University Board of Trustees until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the Birmingham Rotary Club. Mr. Thompson's honors included an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Alabama a tBirmingham in 1978, an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Samford University in 1982, and the “Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award” from Judson College. Mr. Thompson and his wife Lucy (Lucille Ryals) had three sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Mr. Thompson passed away on October 27, 2010. 

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Born May 28, 1923 in Nashville,Tennessee. After graduating from Duncan Preparatory School in 1941, he attended Vanderbilt University until called to serve his country in World War II. In 1957, he acquired the north Alabama dealership for Caterpillar Tractor, the world's largest manufacturer of earth moving and construction equipment, and a major supplier of diesel and natural gas engines and gas turbines. Thompson Tractor Co., Inc established its headquarters in Birmingham, and under Hall Thompson's leadership, became one of the most successful Caterpillar dealerships in the nation. A dedicated golfer, Mr. Thompson fulfilled a longtime goal when he, with expert assistance from Jack Nicklaus, developed the Shoal Creek Golf Course. The magnificent course has gained national and international recognition in the world of golf and has hosted three national championships. In 1985, Golf Digest ranked Shoal Creek as the 14th finest golf course in America, while elevating it to #3 in the quality of turf grass. In the same year, Golf Magazine ranked Shoal Creek 26th in the world. Mr. Thompson served on a number of corporate boards, including AmSouth Bank, South Central Bell, BellSouth Telecommunications, Protective Life Corporation, and Alabama By-Products Corporation. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Crippled Children's Foundation and was the past director of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the State Chamber of Commerce, and Associated Industries of Alabama. He served on the Vanderbilt University Board of Trustees until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the Birmingham Rotary Club. Mr. Thompson's honors included an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Alabama a tBirmingham in 1978, an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Samford University in 1982, and the “Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award” from Judson College. Mr. Thompson and his wife Lucy (Lucille Ryals) had three sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Mr. Thompson passed away on October 27, 2010. 

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