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Legendary Dr. Dudley J. Thompson, 95, passes

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 2/3/2012, 4:14 p.m.

To cite only a portion of the various and sundry activities that filled his days with progressive political developments throughout the Diaspora is not possible here, but sections of his impressive resume include his membership in the Senate and the House of Representatives of Jamaica, and such cabinet posts as minister of mines and natural resources and foreign affairs were instrumental in his being awarded the Order of Jamaica, one of the country's most prestigious honors, which sealed his legendary legacy.

Add to this the Mico Old Students' Gold Medal, the most prestigious teacher's award, and the Legend of Africa Award from the Organization of African Unity. "Up to the time of his appointment as ambassador to Nigeria, Ghana and other African countries, he was president of the Rhodes Scholars Society of Jamaica. In 1992, Thompson was empanelled as member of the Group of Eminent Persons, which is charged with implementing the Movement for Reparations to Africa and the Diaspora as a result of slavery and its effect. This Movement is under the auspices of OAU," Khalfani added.

In 2008, he became president of WADU, in which Jeffries served as vice president.

"His funeral services will occur on Feb. 10 at Holy Trinity Church in Kingston, Jamaica," Jeffries said. "I will be there as part of the WADU delegation."

Thompson leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his widow, Cecile Eistrup nee Miller of Jamaica; his children, Josephine, Anthony "Tony," Margaret, Kathy and Michelle; his grandchildren, Michael, Michelle and Benedict "Ben," Louie Ray and Ella; and his great-grandchild, Syndi.