- Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows (1971)
David W. Thompson earned a B.S. in 1938 and an M.S. in 1940 from Indiana University. He served as the Partner in Charge of Personnel Administration at the law firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in New York.
After obtaining his degrees, Thompson taught at IU from 1942 to 1955, becoming a full professor in 1948. He took a leave in 1955 to join General Electric as a manager for their financial training and education. In 1957, he joined Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., where he remained until his retirement in 1976. Thompson once again switched careers and returned to academia, becoming a chair professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. In 1985, he retired from his career.
As n expert in financial cost and not-for-profit accounting, Thompson held CPA certificates in 16 states. He was a past Chairman of the New York State Boards of Certified Public Accountant Examiners and of Certified Public Accounts, and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and of its Director's Table. Thompson was a member of the Regents External Degree Program of the State of New York and a member of Dean's Advisory Council at Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He also used to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City, and a member of its foundation. During his careers, Thompson was very active in many professional and academic organizations, especially with committee direction and participation.
Thompson died on November 19, 2009.