Honouring a lifetime of service

Monday, 20 September 2021

As decorated Royal Australian Air Force personnel, the late couple, wife Krista and husband David Thompson lived their lives in service to others. Their lifetime of giving continues through their decision to leave a gift in their will to support disadvantaged students through the David Thompson Science Scholarship.

The late Krista and David in their Royal Australian Air Force uniform
The late Krista and David Thompson who both served in the Royal Australian Air Force

Krista and David Thompson were a remarkable couple, both retiring from the RAAF as Group Captains after distinguished service careers.

David ‘Thommo’ Thompson reached great heights in Air Traffic operations and command after studying Applied Physics when he left high school. In 2017, David passed away and passionate about keeping his memory alive, Krista set up a scholarship in his honour.

When Krista passed away in March 2020, not only did she leave behind a history of remarkable generosity, she chose to leave a bequest to the David Thompson Science Scholarship Fund, which will enable science students to continue to be supported through a yearly $5,000 scholarship for decades to come.

I am so grateful to have received this opportunity. It’s incredible to hear this scholarship will continue to help other students through their studies. For me, the Scholarship allowed me to take more opportunities, and have a deeper focus towards my studies. It also allowed me to participate in an international experience to study climate change issues affecting the Pacific Islands, which gave me a deeper passion for studying environmental science, both locally and internationally.”

Isabella Curtis, Bachelor of Science student and 2019 David Thompson Scholarship recipient

A lifelong problem solver

As the first female to command a military unit in Afghanistan, Krista Thompson was known for her systematic and creative approach to problem-solving. Whether it be placing jet fighters in the sky to form a pattern, or managing her own health challenges, Krista was tenacious and inquisitive. Friends say she had ‘more ideas and projects than days to complete them’. Her bequest will create a lasting opportunity for inquiring minds to make a difference.

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