It is with sadness that we inform the membership of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists of the loss of Dr. Margaret W. Thompson at the age of 94. Although the younger members of our College did not have the opportunity to meet Dr. Thompson, they will recognize part of her important legacy in the textbook “Genetics in Medicine”. Her obituary, authored by her family, can be read here and an additional obituary from the Globe and Mail can be read here.
Dr. Thompson was also a key player in the history of the CCMG. Dr. Brian Lowry kindly provided the following personal recollection:
"Peggy Thompson was one of the distinguished group of students of the late Norma Ford Walker, all of whom had a great impact on the development of medical genetics in Canada. The others were Irene Uchida, Nancy Simpson, Jim Miller and Hubert Soltan. My first contact with Peggy was in 1959 when I was a general practitioner in Fort Macleod AB. I sought her help as a result of seeing so many Hutterite patients with diabetes mellitus. She had started an Hereditary Genetic Counselling clinic in the Dept of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta (1957-61). Help was readily given but I did not pursue the topic as I was planning to enter pediatric residency at Sick Kids. I got to know her well when she was on the Board of the CCMG and later President (1983-84). I was Secretary-Treasurer(1980-84) and we worked closely together. Peggy had very high standards, especially with the written word, and I can recall her excellence as a proof reader and editor. At the same time she was very fair minded and it was a pleasure to work with her and learn from her. She was a major force in the establishment of the CCMG."