Editor’s Note: In the complete 38-minute interview above, Don Thompson answers questions posed by Rob Bowe about Don’s Canadian-born parents, Dr. Willard Owen Thompson and Dr. Phebe Kirsten Thompson. He discusses their pioneering medical careers in clinical practice, research and publishing. He also talks about his Canadian grandparents and his brother Willard’s marriage to Julie Anne Bowe. The latter event brought about the arrival of Willard Owen Thompson III, known as Owen, thereby continuing to the next generation the bond between the Thompson and Bowe families originally forged by Don’s brother Willard. Don also shares his recollections of John and Kathie Bowe, and Rob Bowe’s grandparents, Julia and Gus Bowe. He concludes his interview by saying of Gus, “Look how nice he was to me.”
Below, the full interview is broken up into 17 short clips to permit you to focus on particular parts of Don Thompson’s interview.