William Lamarcus Thompson

William Lamarcus Thompson


Dr. W.L. Thompson was born August 1857 in Oberlin, Ohio to George and Martha (Cook) Thompson.  He received his A.B. and A.M. (Master of Arts) degrees from Oberlin College, graduating 1886.  Dr. Thompson went on to study medicine at the University of Michigan and New York Medical College, earning his M.D. degree in 1889.  At various times, he also studied medicine at John Hopkins University, University of Chicago College of Dental Surgery and the School of Tropical Medicine in London, England, being awarded Licenses of the Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (LRCS and LRCP), and License of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow (LRCPS) in 1907.

In 1891, Dr. Thompson went to Natal, South Africa as a missionary with the America Board of Commissioners.  He married fellow missionary, Mary E. McCormack in 1893.  That same year, they made the arduous journey to Southern Rhodesia where he co-founded the Mount Silinda Mission along the boarder of present day Mozambique.  Dr. Thompson is credited with establishing the first permanent medical mission in Southern Rhodesia.  He was also the first postmaster of the Mount Silinda post office.

After more than 40 years in Africa, the Thompsons retired in 1932, moving to Florida.  Mary died 1936.  He married second, Eloise Marcy in May 1937.  He died January 1947 in Saint Cloud, Florida.  Eloise died 1964.


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