William W. Thompson, M.D., 89, of 314 South St., Ridgway, died Friday morning at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Knox, son of the late David R. and Veronica A. (Dougherty) Thompson, both educators in the Elk County School System. He married Alice Marie DeVoge on July 26, 1952. She survives.
Dr. Thompsonâ€™s family moved to Ridgway in 1934. He graduated from Ridgway High School in 1941 with a perfect attendance record of 12 years. He went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh College of Arts and Science. He was called to active duty with the U.S. Army during the latter years of World War II. He then returned to the University of Pittsburgh to attend the University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree in 1948 and completed his internship at St. Josephâ€™s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Prior to practicing in Johnsonburg with Dr. Dankmyer, Dr. Thompson practiced with Dr. J.M. Gardill of Castle Shannon, near Pittsburgh, PA. He opened his own office in Ridgway in 1950, having acquired the practice of Dr. Robert Dickinson.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Thompson was the physician for the Elk County Jail, the Ink Plant, Molded Materials, and the Railroad. He was one of two doctors for the Ridgway Area School District and the Ridgway High School sports programs. He was a physician for the TB clinic and the baby clinic. Dr. Thompson was a staff member of the Elk County General Hospital and the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Elk County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Thompson retired from private practice in 1998 after 50 years as a medical doctor.
Dr. Thompson was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Roman Catholic Church, the K. of C., Kiwanis, American Legion Post #208, and the Elks Lodge #872. He enjoyed day trips with his wife, fishing, his grandchildren, family vacations, walking his dog Suzie, reading, golf and hunting.
In addition to his wife, Alice Marie Thompson, he is survived by five children, Paula M. Braund and her husband Ronald E., Rebecca A. Thompson, and David W. Thompson and his wife Nancy O., all of Ridgway,Mary A. Daughenbaugh and her husband Scott E. of Englewood, Fla., and Michael G. Thompson and his wife Debra S. of Erie; seven grandchildren, Diane V. Braund of Ridgway, Ryan M. Daughenbaugh and Alex S. Daughenbaugh of Englewood, Fla., Michael G. Thompson and Allison M. Thompson of Erie, and Katie A. Thompson and William D. Thompson of Ridgway; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, George B. Thompson and David R. Thompson (in infancy); and a sister, Marilyn R. McCarty.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. William W. Thompson will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. Officiating will be Father Paul Siebert, pastor of St. Markâ€™s Catholic Church in Emporium. Burial will follow at St. Leoâ€™s Cemetery.
Friends will be received at Thompson Funeral Home Monday from 5-7 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Ridgway Ambulance Corporation.