In Memory of Lois Thompson

Lois (McDougall) Thompson passed away peacefully in The Elliott Community, Guelph, on Dec. 27, 2014, surrounded by her family.  She was born in Winnipeg on October 4, 1927, and is survived by her husband A E John Thompson.

She was predeceased by her sister Jean McDougall; their father, Dr Dougald McDougall, was Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba for many years. Lois was an excellent mathematician, and became an Associate Actuary in 1954, one of the few female actuaries at that time.

Together with Joan (Slater) Gherson she travelled by ship to postwar England in 1948, and had many biking adventures. While learning to play tennis (to return to England!), she met and married John, a Chartered Accountant. She became a devoted mother to their four children, and helped keep the household going while he was immersed in tax reform in Ottawa. She kept up her interest in mathematics, and was a visiting teacher in Ottawa and in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When the children had left home, she resumed her actuarial profession with McClure & Dakin in Toronto, and taught herself to use a computer doing intricate mathematical calculations, and later desktop publishing. In her later years she endured Alzheimers with grace, and cheered caregivers with her smile.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, and by her children, Lynn, Doug (Elaine), Jamie (Avon), and Criss, whose creative ways belie the ostensibly conservative education of their parents. She was very fond of her grandchildren Duncan, Chester, Celeste (Kevin), Islay, Rosalie, and Faryn, and great granddaughter Blake.

Donations in Lois’ name to The Elliott, the Alzheimers Society, Dublin United Church, or charity of your choice, would be appreciated.