James Peery Williams Thompson died in Cedar Bluff, Va., on Aug. 27, 2019, from complications of his chronic illness.
Thompson taught art history at Western Carolina University from 1989-2007. James grew up in Cedar Bluff, Va., and received a BA from Williams College.
James completed a PhD in art history from the University of North Carolina. James’ teaching and writing career took him to France, England, Ireland, New York, Vermont and North Carolina. He wrote many catalogues, books and articles, including an important book in French, “Eugene Fromentin. Visions d’Algerie et d’Egypte.”
He taught 10 years at Trinity College, Dublin, before coming to Western Carolina University where he was honored with the University Scholar Award in 2007.
He is survived by three sons, Luke and his wife Julia, Reuben and Adam. He has two remaining brothers, Lloyd and Christopher. His brother Mike died a year ago. In addition, he leaves his divorced but devoted wife, Mary, of Paris, France; and his two stepdaughters, Raphaelle and Nini.
If his friends wish to honor him, the family requests, in place of flowers, contributions to either of these organizations: the Appalachian Arts Center at Southwest Virginia Community College; or Black Mountain College Museum, 120 College St., Asheville, NC 28801.