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Sad news from the C.L. Davis Foundation - The passing of Dr. Samuell Wesley Thompson
Sad news from the C.L. Davis Foundation

With a heavy heart and great sorrow, I must pass on the news of the passing of our CEO and founder, Dr. Samuell Wesley ("Sam") Thompson, who died yesterday morning at 8AM.  For 35 years, Sam was the heart and soul of our Foundation.  Each and every day, he would work tirelessly in the Foundation office, writing correspondence, making teaching materials, raising money, and pursuing his favorite pastime, talking to the many pathologists and lab animal medicine practitioners who would call during the day to register for courses, buy books, or simply call to chat.


Sam was not a man to seek the spotlight, but through his founding and unerring direction of the Foundation, as well as his founding of the Society for Toxicological Pathology three years earlier, he is considered by many who knew him as one of the most important members in the history of veterinary pathology in terms of his impact on young scientists the world over.  He was a mentor to many, and a source of unending inspiration to the ranks of volunteers who have comprised the Davis Foundation's board, various committees, and its Faculty of Discussants over the years.


All those who had the privilege to know Sam will forever remember his good nature, his sense of humor, his sage advice, and his unflagging devotion to the Foundation, to his profession, to young veterinarians everywhere, and most of all to his family and friends.  It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to have known Sam Thompson; he was truly a giant in all these things and we shall never see his like again.


In this time of grief, our hearts are with the Thompson and Rac families.  Details about his funeral will be made available as soon as they are available; a more detailed obituary detailing the remarkable life of Dr. Thompson will follow.

The service for Dr. Samuel Wesley (“Sam”) Thompson will be held at the Carr-Yeager Funeral Home, 204 N. Linn St., Fayette, MO 65248 on Wednesday, 7 May.  There will be a viewing until 12 noon at the funeral home, and a graveside military service afterwards.  Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, or in lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars ( would be appropriate.



Bruce Williams, DVM

President, CLDavis Foundation


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Yulee, FL 32097 USA

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