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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Robert B. C. Thomson, M. D.


Dr. Robert B. C. Thomson, successfully engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Lethbridge, entered upon the work of the profession well trained for its duties and responsibilities. His educational opportunities were broad and comprehensive and he has always manifested a keen sense of conscientious obligation in the performance of his daily task. Since 1910 he has made his home in Lethbridge and throughout this period has enjoyed a large general practice. Dr. Thomson was born at Strathroy, Ontario, December 30, 1872, and comes of Scotch and English ancestry. His grandfather, James Thomson, was a native of the land of hills and heather, in which he spent his life, working in the cotton mills. He was the father of James Thomson, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and in the year 1842 came to the new world, settling in Ontario. In his native country he had been employed in the cotton mills but after reaching the new world he turned his attention to farming. In the midst of the forest he hewed out his farm, clearing his land and developing his fields until he brought his place under a high state of cultivation. In Ontario he wedded Pamley Bolton, who was born in Suffolk, England, and was a daughter of William Bolton, also a native of Suffolk, whence he emigrated to the new world, making Ontario his destination. There he was employed by the government in the post office department. His daughter, Pamley, was a young girl at the time of the establishment of the family home in Ontario, where she was reared and married, the family having settled there in the early part of the decade between 1830 and 1840. Mr. and Mrs. Thomson continued their residence in Ontario until called to their final rest and are survived by but one child, Dr. Thomson of this review. They were members of the Scotch Presbyterian church and ill political affiliation the father was a Liberal.

Dr. Thomson supplemented his public school training by a course in the Collegiate Institute at Strathroy, Ontario, and later entered the Toronto University, while subsequently he became a student in the Western University of London, Ontario, pursuing a course in both arts and medicine. The B. A. degree was conferred upon him in 1899 and he won his professional degree from the Manitoba University at Winnipeg in 1900. He then began practice in Manitoba, where he followed his profession successfully for a decade, after which he came to Lethbridge in 1910 and has here remained throughout the intervening period of thirteen years. He has never concentrated his efforts and attention along a single line but continues in general practice and displays marked ability in the various branches of the profession. At all times he has embraced every opportunity to promote his knowledge and increase his efficiency and has taken postgraduate work in electrical therapeutics. For a time he was located in north Lethbridge but removed his office into the city. For eleven years he has been connected with the board of health and during most of this time has been secretary of the board, while oil occasions he has been acting health officer. He belongs to the Lethbridge Medical Society and the Canadian Medical Association and improves every chance to broaden his knowledge and render his labors of the greatest possible service to his fellowmen.

In 1902 1)i'. Thomson was married to Miss Elizabeth Thomson, who was born in Thorndale, Ontario, a daughter of James Thomson, who was a native of Scotland and on emigrating to the new world settled in Ontario, where he still follows farming. Dr. and Mrs. Thornson became parents of four children: James, who is with the Canadian Bank of Commerce at Lethbridge; Homer, Ivan, and Elizabeth. The wife and mother passed away in 1917, her death being deeply regretted by many friends as well as by her immediate family.

Dr. Thomson is identified with the Presbyterian church and fraternally is a Mason. He served as the first master of Charity Lodge No. 67, A. F. & A. M., of Lethbridge, and was also the first Noble Grand in Mizpah Lodge No. 72, I. 0. 0. F., and the first chancellor commander of Myrtle Lodge No. 3, K. of P. In politics he is a liberal and his interest in the public welfare has been manifest in many tangible and helpful ways. He is now serving on the school board and was also a member of the board in the years 1913 and 1914. In young manhood he joined a military organization and when he came to Lethbridge became medical officer of the Twenty-fifth Battery, C. F. A. As a member of the Colonial Auxiliary Forces, he has received the long service medal. He was resident medical officer during the World war and acted as such for nearly all the troops recruited in this section of the Dominion. His has been an active and useful life devoted to the service and welfare of his fellowmen and his labors have indeed been of far-reaching effect and importance.


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