A memorial was held Jan. 28 for longtime Little Brown Jug director of racing Walter D. "Tom" Thomson II, who died Jan. 20 at age 73.

A memorial was held Jan. 28 for longtime Little Brown Jug director of racing Walter D. "Tom" Thomson II, who died Jan. 20 at age 73.

His father, Henry C. "Hank" Thomson, co-founded the Jug, whose 67th edition is set for Sept. 20.

Walter Thomson is credited with modernizing the Jug while also honoring its many traditions, The Columbus Dispatch reported. He led the installation of an all-weather track to replace the old clay version, introduced simulcast wagering and got the race on national TV on at least two occasions, his son Thomas "T" Thomson said.

Thomson also was president and publisher of The Delaware Gazette, which his family sold in 2004.