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Bill Thompson

Class of 1970
Major/Minor: Creative Writing

The 1970 Sophie Kerr Winner


Although his undergraduate years reflected a passion for creative writing, Bill Thompson succumbed to the world of newspapers soon after leaving Washington College. He first reported for and later edited weekly papers and, after attending graduate school in Maine, joined The Baltimore Sun to write features and cover politics, crime and the environment.

He also was a member of The Sun’s editorial board. Assignments took him to Normandy, France for the 50th anniversary of D-Day and to the Caribbean where he investigated the murders of vacationing tourists. In between newspaper reporting, Thompson dug bloodworms in New England and tended a drawbridge in Maryland.

He has written or contributed to several books about the Eastern Shore. His first novel, The Waterbusher, tells the story of a Depression-era man struggling to earn a living on the Shore.

He and his wife, Susan Russell, live in Easton, MD.