Robert Jeffrey Thompson
Robert Jeffrey Thompson

Robert Jeffrey Thompson, who founded Thompson Communication Breakthroughs, died on September 12 in Clemmons, NC at the age of 85.

Thompson founded the Winston-Salem, NC, firm, which provided communication consulting as well as media interview and presentation training in 2006, and ran it until his retirement in 2012.

Earlier in his career, he was executive vice president and lead trainer for the MediaCom media training division of Carl Byoir & Associates. After Hill+Knowlton bought the firm in 1986, Thompson stayed on to lead its training division until he left to establish James A. Fyock & Associates, where he built a television studio and established a media training unit.

Before that, he anchored the "Stock Market Observer" on WOR-TV and subsequently worked as an anchorman and news reporter for NBC radio and 1010AM WINS. A licensed stock broker, he also did voiceover work for many TV commercials.

A visitation will take place at the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia, TX, from 1 to 3 p.m. on September 17. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Thompson's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.