Robert Polk Thomson
Nashville - Robert Polk Thomson, age 91, passed away on July 24, 2019 in Nashville, TN. Bob was born April 16, 1928 in Hendersonville to Horatio Berry Thomson and Margarete Polk Thomson. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Newman Thomson, brother Bill Thomson and nephews Billy B Thomson and Matthew Neal Thomson. He is survived by his daughters: Anne Thomson Reed (Steve) of Alexandria, VA, Mary Thomson LeMense of Knoxville, TN, and Elizabeth Thomson Bressler of Montgomery, AL; and by his grandchildren: John Reed, Robert Reed (Katie), & Margaret Reed Millar (Tom), Thomas LeMense, Sarah LeMense Michalowski (Matt), and Mary Frances, Annie and Libby Bressler; as well as great-grandchildren: Ruby & Wells Reed, Jack & Reed Millar & Luke Michalowski; and by his sister-in-law, Charlotte Thomson of Mt Juliet, TN. A graduate of Vanderbilt University & the University of Wisconsin, Bob was a professor of American history at George Peabody College and served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Peabody and thereafter at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL. After retirement, he returned to Nashville where he devoted his time to genealogical research, building a significant collection of early American silver and studying recent scientific findings about the Universe. He served as a member of the Tennessee Historical Commission, participated in a Shakespeare Study Group and a Thursday Men's Group. He enjoyed the Nashville Symphony and attended Christ Church Cathedral. During his last ten years of life he lived at Richland Place where he deeply appreciated the company of so many friends - and was renowned for his annual Christmas tree, adorned by silver & crystal ornaments. He will be interred at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in a private service. In accordance with his wishes, a public concert in celebration of his life will take place at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral on November 29, when all of his children, grandchildren & great grandchildren plan to be present.
Donations in his memory may be made to Christ Church Catherdral, Cheekwood, or The Nashville Symphony Orchestra.