Jim Thompson

Class Year


Professional Background

Masters in Gerontology, worked 18 years for AARP in D.C., followed by second career in financial services, and now run a financial planning practice in Massachusetts focused on needs of people in retirement.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

My ability to speak articulately and write well rose from learning our language. I still take pleasure in grammar. I believe my success in business is due in large measure to the respect of those who appreciate clear explanations, well-written communications, and the satisfaction of having complicated matters put into simple terms by someone who respects the English language.

Jim Thompson
Financial Advisor , LPL Financial