Emeritus Professor Ted Thompson
MSc, DipEd, PhD, ScD, Hon D Univ
Emeritus Professor Ted Thompson was invited to become a member of the Company UNSW International House Ltd, in 1987 as the spouse of Dr Adrienne Thompson, a graduate-elected member of the University Council (1983-90) and a Council-appointed Director of International House (1987-94).
Ted was Professor of Biochemistry (1966-90) and Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences (1980-86). His areas of research involved the covalent structure of proteins and recombinant DNA technology.
At the 1991 Annual General Meeting of the Company Ted was elected as a Director of the Board and served for a period as Vice-Chairman of the Board until the retirement of Mr Bruce Smith, Director (1973-95) and Chairman (1982-95). Professor Thompson was then elected Chairman by the Board of Directors and served in this position until he retired at the Annual General Meeting of the Company 2006. Ted established a strong working relationship with the Master, Dr Bob Lundy, and with the Board of Directors.
During his period as a Director, the skilled management of the House by Dr Lundy consolidated the reputation of the House as one of the leading residential colleges in Australia. The total equity of the House has risen steadily and Ted continues to contribute to a investment advisory committee to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors approved the conferring of the title of International House Fellow preceding the Annual General Meeting of the Company 2006.