Dr. John Ansel Armstrong Thomson, inventor of the world-famous horticultural vitamins-hormones solution SUPERthrive®
, passed away peacefully on November 28, 2011, five days after his 100th birthday.
Preceded in death by his lovely wife June Anna Mae Hummel Thomson, Dr. Thomson is survived by three children, Sheryll, Patrisha, and Robert Thomson, all located in the Los Angeles area; three grandchildren, Travis and Ben Thomson, and Leah Flanagan; and four great-grandchildren, Elijah and Alannah June Thomson and William and Margaret June Flanagan.
Thomson developed the SUPERthrive® formula in 1939. Seventy-two years later, he was still engaged in the daily operations of his company, Vitamin Institute, actively selling worldwide. As the new President, his daughter Patrisha Thomson will continue her father's legacy of improving horticultural and agricultural crops with the firm's sole product.
Holding a Ph.D. in biochemistry, Thomson collected awards and commendation for his lifetime of work. In 1940, he earned the Science & Industry's only Gold Medal at the San Francisco World's Fair Golden Gate International Exposition. In 2006, Dr. Thomson became the first chemist to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lawn & Garden Marketing & Distribution Association. Other honors include Lifetime Environmental Awareness Award from Sustainable Environmental Education and induction into the "Nursery Retailer" magazine's Hall of Fame.
Dr. Thomson attributed his longevity to his family upbringing, a fortunate environment, and a mental ability that hit the ceiling on the Standard I.Q. test.
Thomson's grandfather and great-grandfather were owners of the biggest hotel in Detroit, and both of his parents were successful professionals and top money-raisers for the American Red Cross during World War I. His mother, Florence Antisdel Thomson, actually raised enough money to build an entire Red Cross base hospital in France.