In Memoriam: Michael Thompson, MD

“I am certain many are aware, but it is with a heavy heart I share I was informed Michael Thompson has passed. He is a giant in our field and an inspiration to me personally. The AAPB board will send something out more formal soon as well as official plans to honor his great contributions. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. In the spirit of Positive Connections from our last conference, perhaps we could use [our] Listserv to share some of the positive ways Michael has touched our lives. For me, I will always remember how he did not hesitate at all when a minor person like myself asked him and Lynda to join us in a symposium on pediatric biofeedback for our 50th in Denver. He could have talked for hours about his craft…and I would be captivated the whole time. What a treasure!”

-         Ethan Benore, PhD

AAPB President

A Remembrance By Lawrence Klein

Michael Thompson your remarkable life
Inspirational, along with Lynda, your wife
with love & generosity you’ve educated
the medical world; of the Brain; you’ve created

a global community that now understands EEG,
and how to apply Psychophysiology
to treat behavioral issues, and ADD - ADHD
Without exception all of us bend a knee

appreciating your insights, knowledge and humour
Universally loved, it is no rumour
You’re an icon of clinical psychology to emulate,
of warmth and caring, you’ve been so great.

To family and friends you inspire us all,
We salute your spirit, as you answer God’s call.

 

Michael Thompson, MD, honored AAPB with his presence and active participation for many decades.  He was a foundational, best-selling textbook author, a prolific instructor, an AAPB Fellow and an AAPB Distinguished Scientist Award winner.

As we mourn the loss of a giant in our field and our beloved friend, we invite you to join with the AAPB community:

 

  • AAPB will sponsor a “Virtual Celebration of a Distinguished Scientist and Friend: Remembering Michael Thompson.”  Stay tuned for more details. 

o   Join AAPB to share stories and celebrate his legacy.

o   Invitations will be sent to all AAPB members

 

  • We will begin taking applications for a special new award, name after the great Dr. Michael Thompson, beginning this summer.  The Board is working out the details now.

 

  • A special, future issue of Biofeedback Magazine will be dedicated to the work that Dr. Thompson has inspired. If you would like to contribute to this issue, contact us at info@aapb.org.   

 

About Dr. Michael George Gaius Thompson, MD

(February 27, 1940 - March 1, 2021)

 

Dr. Michael Thompson passed away comfortably at home on March 1, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, he was 81. He is survived by his devoted partner and wife, Lynda Thompson, his children, grandchildren and family members, including a long list of fans and friends from the AAPB family.

His accomplishments were many and varied, but the most admirable thing was his approach to life.  Dr. Thompson accepted and overcame physical challenges throughout his life using them as motivation to be stronger in every other way. He led by example, living by the motto: "You can't change the wind, but you can adjust the sails."

He is best remembered for his devotion to his family that extended to his many lifelong friendships, his dedicated work as a health professional, and his passion for the outdoors. He was incredibly enthusiastic and fun, would always make you laugh and smile, and was wonderfully creative.

A gifted teacher and guiding force, he started out his life’s work scientific journey at Trinity College School ('58), Trinity College University of Toronto while studying Physiology and Biochemistry ('62).  As a resident, he co-founded the union for medical residents (now called PARO), paving the way for a living wage and better working conditions. Dr. Thompson continued as a leader in his profession, holding positions that included Medical Director at London Psychiatric Hospital, Residency Training Director for Psychiatry at University of Western Ontario, Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians, Associate Professor at The University of Toronto, and Consultant to Neurology at The Hospital for Sick Children. 

Dr. Thompson, together with his partner in all aspects of life, Lynda, devoted his last quarter century to the creation and development of the ADD Centre and Biofeedback Institute of Toronto. Powered by Michael's creativity, vision and dedication, he and Lynda wrote over 40 book chapters and scientific articles and two seminal textbooks, including The Neurofeedback Book and Functional Neuroanatomy

His love of teaching is evidenced by a scientific legacy that spans Lifetime Achievement Recognition, an AAPB Distinguished Scientist Award (the highest honor we give) and over 120 invited lectures, workshops, and presentations in 25 countries on six continents.

Dr. Thompson's legacy will live on in the family, friends, and thousands of people he inspired during his remarkable life, as well as AAPB – as well as through his scientific contributions to neurofeedback and self-regulation. 

A celebration of life will be held at Michael's beloved Stony Lake when COVID-19 is behind us.  In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to honor communities dear to Dr. Thompson’s heart:

·St. Peter's on-the-Rock Church, Stony Lake; Trinity College School (www.tcs.on.ca/donate - (G. P. Scholfield '24 Memorial Bursary in honor of Michael Thompson '58)

·Whistler Health Care Foundation (dedicated in memory of Michael Thompson)

·Canadian Cancer Society (Michael Thompson Memorial fund)

To plant memorial trees in memory, please do so here

Here’s to Dr. Michael Thompson.  On behalf of all of us at AAPB, Thank You.

 

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