Lawrence C. Thompson passed away peacefully at his residence in Ft. Myers, Florida, on January 18, 2016.
Larry was born November 2, 1919, the son of Samuel and Ethyl Mary (Weekes) of Canterbury, England. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and grandparents in 1923.
They eventually settled in Youngstown, Ohio. After attending Youngstown State University, he joined the US Army Medical Corp in 1942 where he served in the Pacific Theater for 3 years during World War II. After the war, Larry decided to pursue a career in medicine. He enrolled in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He met his wife Martha Naomi Speicher during his Residency at OSU. After completing his Fellowship at St. Lukes in Cleveland, they moved to Mansfield, Ohio, where he began his pediatric practice. He helped coordinate Mansfields Polio vaccination program and was directly involved with the New Hope Program for the developmentally disabled for 20 years.
Larry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Naomi (Ft. Myers, FL), his brother, Bud (Youngstown, OH), his daughters, Ann (Miller) (Tampa, FL) and Sue (Schissel) (Columbus, OH), his sons, Brian (Cincinnati, OH) and Peter (Chicago, IL).
He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Norman (Youngstown, OH).
Despite keeping appointments with his young patients and making hospital visits, house calls and middle-of-the-night phone calls, Dr. Thompson still managed to be a caring husband, father, grandfather to 5 grandkids, and in recent years a wonderful great-grandfather to 4 great-grandchildren.
Larry was a quiet introspective individual yet he had a quick and friendly wit that allowed him to relate to everyone even at age 96. His family and friends will forever be inspired by his generosity, warm compassion for others and the number of lives that he so positively impacted during his 96 years of life.
He was a longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Sanibel Island, Florida.