On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire City University of New York community, I want to extend deepest sympathies to our board chairman, William C. Thompson Jr., on the passing of his father, William C. Thompson Sr., a pioneering leader in the public life of the city and state.
Thompson was for decades an important force in city and state government and the judiciary. In 1965, he became the first African-American state senator from Brooklyn. He later served on the City Council and in 1973 was elected to the State Supreme Court. He was an associate justice of the Appellate Division for 20 years. In 2002 he had the honor and joy of swearing in his son, now our board chairman, as the city comptroller.
Our thoughts are with William C. Thompson Jr. and his entire family as they mourn the loss of Justice Thompson and celebrate his long and accomplished life.