Dr. T

Thomson, Dr. Hugh Gordon - MD, MS, FRCSC, FACS, Professor Emeritus, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. With courage, grace and surrounded by family, on November 18th, 2012, at the Toronto General Hospital's Plastic Surgery Unit. An extraordinary man who lived his life with selfless compassion, devotion and determination to "reach out and touch" everyone around him. Beloved husband of Judith (Baxter), older brother to the late Honourable Gordon "Sandy" Thomson (Carol), adored father of Andrea, Dan (Christina), Melissa (Sam), and cherished grandfather of Danielle, Zoe and Mia, loving son, uncle, brother-in-law, teacher, mentor and friend to so many.

Dr. T embodied humility and generosity: his life was always more about the people and community around him than himself. A man of principle and strong values, he also loved mischief and would in the same breath demonstrate unparalleled integrity and wicked wit, giving a wink and a flourished wave of the hand, as he taught you something about yourself and the world you knew you would never forget. He inspired those around him to be the best they could be.

Dr. T graduated from Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1954, and practiced as a reconstructive plastic surgeon at the Hospital For Sick Children for 43 years, receiving among many other awards, in 2009, the highest honour in his field, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. While he was at HSC, Dr. T worked tirelessly for his patients and their families, his colleagues and medical students alike. He was a game-changer. His passion for constantly improving surgical procedures, techniques, styles and thinking was just as intense as was his need to treat everyone he encountered with respect and a warm uplifting smile combined with a probing, "How are you?" and "Awesome!" in response.

A Rotarian, extensively involved in the community, and a strong advocate for lifelong learning and teaching, he more recently developed a passion for woodcarving, creating beautiful and often playful sculptures that reflected his joyful perspective on life.

Instead of flowers, please donate to a dedicated fund at The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation by following the link to the right and also post messages and pictures (or poems!) in memory of Dr T.