THOMSON--Edward "Paul." Born August 4, 1958 in Paisley, Scotland to Catherine and Edward Thomson, Paul passed away peacefully on October 10, 2013 with his wife, Robin, at his side in the comfort of their home in Manhattan. In early life his family emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario where he made life-long friends. He held a PhD in philosophy from Princeton University, an M.A. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, Annapolis, MD, where he met and married Robin. Paul was a tenured professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH and subsequently, a founding faculty member of Columbia Secondary School in New York City. He loved teaching students of all ages. In keeping with his St. John's education, Paul was a proponent of the Socratic method of dialectic learning. He was the author of many articles and critical reviews, primarily in the area of philosophy of science, and several books, including two volumes of Philosophy for Teens. Paul and Robin were fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout their 33 years of marriage and enjoyed experiencing so much of the world together and often with friends. He was an avid scuba diver, photographer and road biker. Paul is survived by Robin, dear relatives in Ontario, loving friends and countless students. He will be sorely missed, but ever so fondly remembered by us all. Details of favored charities and life celebrations to be held in New York, Cleveland and Toronto will be provide on Legacy.com.
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Published in The New York Times on Oct. 20, 2013