In Memory: Margaret Thompson, MD | College of Human Medicine

September 29, 2022

Margaret “Peggy” Elizabeth Thompson, MD, 63, died September 24, 2022, surrounded by her loving family, her husband David E. Thompson, MD, and their two daughters Margaret “Sarah” Thompson of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Stephanie Ruth Thompson, RN, of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dr. Thompson had been an integral part of the MSU College of Human Medicine community since 1990, when she began teaching medical students and residents as a family physician in Grand Rapids. She served as Senior Clerkship Director for the Family Medicine Clerkship, was instrumental in the expansion of the College of Human Medicine of Grand Rapids, and was Associate Community Dean of the Grand Rapids Campus for ten years.

During her long and successful career, Dr. Thompson has held many leadership positions for the college, including Assistant Dean for the Clinical Studies Program, Associate Dean for Community Academic Programs, and Acting Associate Dean. for university affairs. More than anything, she was always ready to step in to solve a problem, help a student or create an opportunity for others. This career-defining trait allowed so many throughout the college to benefit from his wisdom, grace, and kindness.

Dr. Thompson graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. She has co-authored numerous medical articles on medical education and co-authored a chapter on nutrition in a leading family medicine textbook. Dr. Thompson has received outstanding faculty awards and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

With a passion for teaching and working with medical students, Dr. Thompson approached each student encounter with extreme kindness and respect. During her illness, she met several former students who became her doctors, and she was proud of each of them.

When Dr. Thompson retired in 2022, a Tribute Fund was created to honor its commitment to supporting students. She expressed the wish that the recipient of this fund be a student who demonstrates enthusiasm and the ability to learn a variety of subjects and disciplines, all qualities that make a good primary care physician. It was also her preference for the scholarship recipient to display a desire to practice medicine in Michigan, which reflected the passion she had for that state.

“Peggy has been a loyal member of our education team for decades and has been an intellectual and emotional leader for us throughout that time,” said Aron Sousa, MD, dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine. “She was a light when it was darkest and lifted us all up when we were down. Peggy has consistently made the college a better place for patients, students, faculty and staff. We miss her very much and mourn her loss.