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In Memoriam

We are saddened to hear of the sad news of a passing. Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and classmates of our friend and early supporter.  While we are always sad to hear the news, if you would like to share a passing, please contact us via alumni@hkis.edu.hk


Mary Lou Thompson

February 17, 1946 – April 22, 2012


Mary Louise Thompson (née McReynolds), 66, formerly of Hong Kong, died peacefully on April 22, 2012 at The Stratford at Flatirons senior living community near her home in Boulder, Colorado after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She was born to the late Robert Allen and Dixie Lee McReynolds, February 17, 1946, in Boston Massachusetts. She lived in Cairo, Egypt and New Canaan, Connecticut as a child. She received a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1968. It was there that she met her soul mate and husband of 43 years James Douglas Thompson. She loved to experience the world and along with her husband she sailed around the world three times as part of the University Semester at Sea program. Together with her husband she raised her daughters in Penang, Malaysia and Hong Kong and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Mary Lou was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a true friend to many. She loved to spend time with family and friends and was a voracious reader. She volunteered tirelessly at the Hong Kong International School for nearly 20 years. Her story is featured in the documentary “Alive Inside” which is a film about music and memory. A trailer can be found here: http://www.ximotionmedia.com/

She is survived by her loving husband, Doug of Boulder, Colorado and New York City; her daughters Rachael Bachleda (son in law Simon Bachleda) of New York City; and Hilary Thompson (fiancée Richard Green) of Hong Kong; two grandchildren Oliver Stuart and Audrey Louise Bachleda; her sister Marcia Keith of Ashville, North Carolina and brother Allen McReynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is also survived by her dear friend and caregiver Fely Respicio of the Philipines.
In memory of Mary Lou, you can make a donation to the Run to Remember New York City Marathon Team supporting the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; Click on this link for details http://2012teamr2r.kintera.org/rachael or email Gail Allen (gallen@alznyc.org) to donate.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at The Stratford at Flatirons, Vista Care Hospice and Bayada nurses for their compassionate and loving care of Mary Lou in her final months.