Bruce D. Thatcher was born in Huron, South Dakota. He graduated from Central High School, Sioux City, Iowa State University, and University of Chicago (MBA). He served in USN and USMC reserves.
After eight years with General Electric and The Vendo Company, Thatcher and his wife, Carol, became founders of TelCon Associates, Inc. He was active with professional associations, authored books, and presented seminars on telecommunications. He served as TelCon’s president until retirement in 2003.
Thatcher taught undergraduate and graduate courses at William Jewell College, University of Missouri Kansas City and Avila University. In 1971, he wrote An Introduction to Marketing, a textbook for his undergraduate students.
He has contributed to community service continuously, including service as president of a Chicago-area school board and a term as director of Literacy Volunteers of America. He presently serves as a Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader at Peace Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, Texas.