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Paul M. Thompson, M.D., (1928-2013) 

Thompson.jpgTHOMPSON, Dr. Paul ("Doc") 85, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, having lived in the Driftwood Neighborhood since 1970. Born in Indianapolis, he grew up in Bloomington, IN, and graduated from Indiana University Medical School in 1952 after an internship at Ohio State University Hospital and a pathology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL, he joined Ira Evans as pathologist at Mount Park Hospital, now Bayfront Medical center in 1959. He subsequently practiced at many hospitals in St Petersburg, most recently Sun Bay, St Anthony's, Humana St Petersburg, and Humana Northside before retiring in 1994 to devote more time to Children's tennis programs, fishing Tampa Bay and Big Bayou, and enjoying life in Florida. He was a former member of the American Medical Society, Florida Medical Society, Florida Society of Pathologist, College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists and was a board certified pathologist. He was a tournament caliber tennis player, at one time ranked #7 in singles and #2 in doubles in the 35 and under in Florida, and is remembered particularly by hundreds of kids as "Doctor T" or "Coach Doc" for his efforts in providing tennis programs for developing young tennis players at the St Petersburg Tennis Center a Bartlett Park, continuing these tennis clinics through his retirement years, winning awards and recognition for these efforts. He was a former president of the Tennis Center and 3 time winner of the Linwood Lewallen award for service to the Tennis Center. He received Bay 9 News 2005 Everyday Hero award for his work with the Jim Courier's Kids tennis program at the St Petersburg Tennis Center. He is survived by son, Jeff (Karen) of St. Petersburg, son, John, a radiologist and grandchildren, Kyle and Zoe of Chapel Hill, NC and Dr. Zeus of St Petersburg; and sister Barbara Young of Solvang, CA. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested memorial donations to the St Petersburg Tennis Foundation at the Tennis Center or to Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Park.


Posted on 4-Feb-13 by Pond, Deborah
Tags: Alumni Notes, Obituaries, Residency Notes
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