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Date published: 8/8/2014

Wyatt W. Thompson

Dr. Wyatt Wheeler Thompson, 77, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Wyatt was the son of Wheeler Terrell "Bus" Thompson and Margaret French Kirkpatrick "Kirk" Thompson and was born on Oct. 15, 1936, in Fredericksburg. He attended public schools and graduated from James Monroe High School in 1955. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) and the University of Richmond, and graduated from MCV School of Dentistry in 1964.

He married Elizabeth Howard Lacy of Winchester in 1964, and they moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Wyatt served as an Air Force captain for two years. In 1966, they moved to Winchester for five years, and then settled in Fredericksburg, where he worked as a public health dentist serving school-children in Fredericksburg and Stafford County for more than 30 years. His dedication to his patients heightened the dental care in this community for those in need.

Wyatt will be remembered for his laughter, his love of life and living life to its fullest. He had many fond memories, from his childhood up to his last band practice on July 16. His love of music led him to become a charter member of UMW Philharmonic Orchestra (Mary Washington College Community Symphony Orchestra), in which he played the trumpet and then the French horn. He was also a member of the Fredericksburg Community Band and sang in numerous local dinner theater productions. As a longtime member of The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg, he sang in the choir and served as a deacon and an elder.

His annual oyster roasts for family, neighbors and friends were famous and resulted in many oyster converts. He was passionate about food, especially crabs and oysters, and his love of travel enabled him to enjoy them all over the world. Known to have at least one, if not more, camera around his neck, he photographed his many loves, adventures and children's activities throughout his life. He loved to learn and teach and was an inspirational role model, especially for his children and grandchildren.

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