Energy Journalist Billy Thompson Dies

Billy G. Thompson, editor and publisher of the Austin-based newsletter Texas Energy Week (TEn W), died at his home on Oct. 17, 1998. He was 80.

A journalist for 62 years, Thompson had been appointed the first public information director for the Texas Railroad Commission in 1975. Prior to that he had worked for a number of Texas newspapers and was a contributor to various national oil and gas publications. He was known through much of his career for reporting on the progress of the oil and gas industry. He started TEn W after he retired from the RRC. For many years he had been a contributing reporter to Natural Gas Intelligence.

Lt. Col. Billy Glenn Thompson served in World War II and the Korean conflict, helped raised three children and then cared for his wife, Elizabeth, during her years of suffering with Alzheimer's until her death about a year ago. He himself died of an inoperable brain tumor. He was buried Oct. 22 at the Houston National Cemetery. The Thompson family directed any memorials to the Hospice Austin.

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