NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund named Dean and Keitha Thomson as philanthropists of the year.
Sally Juilfs introduced the Nebraska City couple, who met while at Nebraska Wesleyan and moved to the area after spending a year in India.
Dean served 20 years on the Nebraska City Public School Board. The middle school was built and there was an addition to Hayward in his tenure.
Keitha has been involved in Otoe County Food Pantry since 1983
Dean is a charter member of the Apple Corps when it was started in 1984 and has been directing for 30 years.
Belles – A – Peelin – Keitha is a charter memberif Belles – A Peelin
Dean and Keitha have been doing mission trips to Jamaica since 1991 going twice a year except for the last two years.
Keitha works in the Wildwood Gift Shop
Dean teaches Adult Sunday School at the Methodist Church and has worked with the youth programs there.
Keitha was a Girl Scout for 20 years, partly as a leader and also on the Girl Scout Council.
Keitha was on the board of the SE Nebr. Health Dept representing Otoe County.
Dean is on the Airport Authority
Dr. Thomson has delivered about 800 babies.
Keitha is involved in many activities at the Methodist Church, including UMW President, lay delegate to the Conference and also in the choir.
Keitha worked 16 years as the Nebr. City Public School nurse from 1983 – 1999.
Both Dean and Keitha are involved in the Midwest Distribution Center in Springfield, Ill., where they prepare kits for disasters and build desk from old school bleachers
Dean joined the Army Reserves 21 years ago became a Colonel and was deployed twice to Germany, once to Kuwait and once again to Ft. Hood, Tex. He joined the military after his sons became involved in the military.
Keitha opened the Book Clinic with friends in the old doctors office in 1999 for 12 years.
They have three married children: Darin, Derek and Tammy and 7 grandchildren. Darin works for Honeywell in the KC area, Derek is in the military in Ft. Campbell, Ken. and Tammy lives in Nebraska City. She is an artist, author, teaches and musically inclined.
HONORS THEY HAVE RECEIVED:
Keitha was honored with the Horizon Award this past year from the Methodist College Alumni Association. It is the highest honor the alumni bestows upon anyone.
Dean was given the Physician of the Year award from the Nebr. Health Care Assn. this year.
Dean was give the Community Service Award in 1992 from the Chamber of Commerce.
In 1998, Governor Ben Nelson awarded Dr. Dean the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians Award.
In 2016 Keitha was given the Angie Newmann Award from the Methodist Church.
Sharon Hersemann calls Keitha a “stalwart volunteer” and told the story of how Tammy said she gave them the perfect grandchild.
Arlin Stutheit says they are just generally really nice people and he really misses him as a physician. Arlin says he is the nicest man you will ever meet.
Stacey Blum said they used to pray before clinic when one of them needed it, there is constant teasing among them, and they have shared tears.
Dean came to the hospital to be with her when her father was killed until they could find the pastor.