Dr. William “Tom” Thompson has been a staple in the city of
Monroe City, Indiana. His avid enthusiasm in caring for others at his
private medical practice has led him to become a well-respected physician
and leader within the community. His dedication to helping others in need
is why he was chosen as this year’s recipient of the N. Philip Shelton
When Dr. Thompson learned he would be receiving the award this year, he
felt thrilled and very humble. “I knew and worked with Dr. Shelton
and I am honored to be a part of his legacy,” he said.
William C. Thompson, II was born on December 11, 1954 to William “Bud”
and Helen Like Thompson at Good Samaritan Hospital. He attended Monroe
City Elementary School and later graduated high school from South Knox
in 1972. After high school, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology
from Indiana University and later graduated from the Chicago College of
Osteopathic Medicine with his medical degree in 1981. Not only was Chicago
the city where he received his medical education and training, but it
is also where he met his wife, Teresa “Teri” Shaw.
The couple left the windy city and moved back to Monroe City where Dr.
Thompson opened his private medical practice in 1982. Now, 37 years later,
he and his wife have successfully built and managed a thriving medical
practice and raised two sons, Will and Chad. Dr. William C. “Will”
Thompson, III is currently a second year resident in family medicine at
Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. His other son, Chad, works
at Barclays Capital in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst.
Throughout the past three decades, Dr. Thompson has dedicated his life
to helping others. “My best experience would be my years in medicine,”
he said. “Being a physician is arguably one of the greatest occupations.
It is an arduous path to become a physician and even harder to remain
competent. Yet, the difference I am able to make to improve my patients’
wellbeing, to share their sorrow when a life is lost, and to be included
in their crucial family decisions is a blessing.”
Following the example made by his parents, Dr. Thompson gravitated toward
volunteering and supporting his community. “I watched my parents
and what they did to help the community,” he said. “I have
watched my extended family as they worked and participated in many community
events, giving and sharing their time with others. They became involved
to improve others around them. I believe that it is part of my family
heritage to be involved in our community and helping our area to be a
better place to live.” His long list of committees and organizations
that he is currently on or has been a part of include: Knox County Quail
Unlimited, Indiana Heritage Trust Foundation, Knox County Community Foundation,
Monroe City Blue Jean Center Board of Directors, Knox County NRCS Wildlife
Committee, and many more.
“Dr. Thompson was a true crusader for habitat conservation on the
local level through his long-time leadership as chairman of the Knox County
Chapter of Quail Unlimited (now defunct), the Natural Resources Conservation
Service within the USDA, and the Knox County Soil and Water District,”
said Mark Crowley, friend and patient of Dr. Thompson. “This led
him to be named Budweiser's Sportsman of the Year, which resulted
in a $10,000 grant that Tom put back into local conservation programs.
Even to this day Tom is actively involved in wildlife conservation and
has recently been working with a group of local landowners to call attention
to promoting Knox County as a destination for hunting.”
In addition to wildlife conservation, Dr. Thompson is also a huge supporter
of his alma mater, South Knox High School. Not only is he the school corporation
and athletic team physician, he is also a member of the South Knox Education
Foundation Board of Directors, co-chair of South Knox Basketball, Inc.,
and holds a leadership role in organizing the Sam Alford / South Knox
Basketball Golf Outing every year. He even spent a few years coaching
eighth grade basketball and an Indiana Basketball Association team.
“Tom has devoted a great deal of time, labor and money to benefit
the community, especially the Monroe City and South Knox communities,”
said his friend Keith Doades. “He’s been a great friend of
the South Knox schools and their athletic programs. He doesn’t look
for kudos and he doesn’t expect a pat on the back, so I am sure
there are countless ways he’s given back to South Knox that I am
not even aware of. He is extremely deserving of the Philip N. Shelton
When he is not caring for patients or volunteering in the community, Dr.
Thompson enjoys being outdoors, especially working with wildlife, hunting
and fishing. He likes sports, especially basketball, and working with
young athletes to improve their abilities. At the end of the day, the
most important part of his life is spending time with his family and friends.
“Tom cares deeply about his family, friends and community,”
said his wife Teri. “He is the most unselfish and compassionate
person that I have ever known. He appreciates, loves and supports his
community, his patients, and most importantly, his family.”
Throughout his life as a father, physician, coach, leader and volunteer;
Dr. William Thompson illustrates the characteristics of a humanitarian.
His dedication to helping others and supporting his community make him
a worthy recipient of this year’s Shelton Award. One of Dr. Thompson’s
favorite quotes is by John Wooden that states, “the true test of
a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
Dr. Thompson may not have realized it, but people were watching.
Dr. Thompson will be presented with the Shelton Award on Sunday, November
3 at 2 p.m. in Eva Hill Auditorium at Good Samaritan’s Health Pavilion.
The public is invited to attend.
A family physician in Vincennes, Dr. Shelton lived a life of dedication
to his community and serving others. In recognition of his service, the
Dr. N. Philip Shelton Humanitarian Award was established in 1998. The
purpose of the award is to recognize and promote humanitarian achievement
in our community.
Shelton Humanitarian Award nominees must be Knox County residents who have
demonstrated extraordinary efforts in working to improve the general well
being and happiness of others; worked consistently to meet the physical,
social, economic and/or educational needs of individuals in our community;
and exemplified the spirit of Dr. N. Philip Shelton by actions and deeds.
Some of the past winners include: Kevin Rowland, Horace Foncannon, Scott
Shipman, Mark Hill, Siegfried E. Schleicher, Jimmie Morrison, Nancy Carie,
Jennifer Jones, Velma Hendrix, John Lyons and Max Renshaw.