Alexander Thomson III

Alexander Thomson III, 1959

B.A., Denison University 1959
M.S., Miami University 1964

Philanthropist, Fundraiser, Community Volunteer

Covington, Ky.

Citation awarded May 2019

A portrait of Alexander Thomson IIISandy left Denison in 1959 and joined the United States Marine Corps, a service of which he is extremely proud. After he returned, he and his wife, Sally Wood Thomson ’59, started a life together in Columbus, Ohio, where he began his extensive career in the field of higher education administration.

Prior to his retirement from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center as associate vice president, Sandy had served Ohio State University in development and student life, at Case Western Reserve as associate dean of the School of Medicine, as director of development for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, and as a senior development officer for the University of Cincinnati School of Law.

Sandy joined the Denison Board of Trustees in 1998, served on the Enrollment and Student Affairs Committees and is now a life trustee. Prior to his service on the Board, Sandy’s volunteer service for Denison included career advisor, President’s Associate volunteer, Class Reunion, and Campaign volunteer, and a speaker for both the Organizational Studies and LeaderShape programs. He and Sally continued their support of students by establishing the Thomson Student Leadership Fund in 2004.

At Denison, Sandy was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and he has kept close ties with his alumni brothers. He served on the Greek Life Committee and as a consultant to the office of student life, working to establish the framework for a partnership among Denison, alumni, and Greek organizations. He was a leader in the fundraising efforts to renovate the Sigma Chi fraternity house, and most recently, a member of the 150th-anniversary celebration planning committee of the chapter. In 2003, Sandy was awarded the “Order of Constantine,” Sigma Chi’s highest honor.

Sandy’s volunteer service has extended beyond Denison as well. He has been active with the Rotary Club, the United Way, Buckeye Boys Ranch, American Red Cross, the Mercantile Library of Cincinnati and he was the founding president of the Upper Arlington Education Fund.
Sandy and Sally live in Covington, Ky., and have three children, and six grandchildren.