of Ann Arbor, MI passed away peacefully on Sunday November 12, 2023 at the age of 93 years and is now in the loving presence of Almighty God and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Dr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 66 years Ruth Marie Thompson of Highland Mills, NY, their three children: David Thompson, MD of Grand Rapids, MI, Nancy Roberts (Mark) of Dexter, MI, and Susan Johnson (Peter) of Whitmore Lake, MI; niece and nephews Melanie (Mark) Wagner of Manassas, VA, Walter Stanfield, Jr and Stephen Stanfield both of Highland Mills, NY; grandchildren Daniel Roberts (Alison), Amy Rowe (Tanner), Margaret Sarah Thompson, and Stephanie Scheets (Jonathan), and great-grandchildren Maverick, Calvin, and Beckett Rowe. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Joseph John Thompson, mother, Gertrude Flowerday Thompson, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Walter and Janice Stanfield, his pre-school aged daughter Ann, and daughter-in-law Margaret Elizabeth (Peggy) Thompson, MD.
Dr. Thompson grew up in Ann Arbor MI and graduated from University High School (1946), and the University of Michigan (BS 1950 and MD 1954). While an undergraduate student, he played trumpet in the Michigan Marching Band under the direction of Dr. William D Revelli. He completed his training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Hospitals in 1958 then served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps from 1958- 1960 whereupon he returned to Ann Arbor for his Rheumatology Fellowship following which he joined the Internal Medicine department at the U of M Medical School, rising through the academic ranks to Professor in 1976. He published numerous articles and was member of several professional societies. He became Professor Emeritus in 1992. Throughout his career as a physician, he educated numerous students, residents, and fellows as well as emulating superior clinical skills and compassionate caring of patients from all walks of life.
Dr. Thompson’s interests outside of medicine centered around his church (Calvary United Methodist) where he was involved in leadership and playing the trumpet. He was a devoted father and a strong Christian influence in the lives of his family. He also participated in the Ann Arbor Concert Band, Boy Scouts, a was a loyal fan of Michigan football and basketball. He loved golf, hunting, and spending summers at his cottage on Lake Charlevoix where he would fish almost daily, chop wood, enjoy sunsets, the starry sky, and just putter around.
Dr. and Mrs. Thompson moved to the Chelsea Retirement Community for the last five years of his life and the family thanks CRC for the support they have provided.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 16th, 3:00 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel with Pastor Tim Broyles officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, The University of Michigan Medical School, or Chelsea Retirement Community Foundation.
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