Mark Edward Thoman was born on February 15, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, and slept in the Lord on Thursday, September 15, 2022, in Tucson, Arizona. Mark was born the son of Greek immigrant Tasula of Trakis Thoman, Texas. Artist John Charles Thoman. Mark grew up in Chicago, Illinois until the age of nine, then the family moved to Independence, Missouri. After Mark graduated from high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He went into reserve after an injury after a training camp. While in reserve, Mark enrolled and graduated from Graceland Junior College; University of Missouri. and University of Missouri School of Medicine. In 1965, after completing his pediatric residency in Des Moines, Iowa, Mark was sworn in with the US Public Health Service and reported to Washington, DC. He worked as a consultant pediatrician and writer in the poison control branch.
The following year, he was transferred to the Indian Health Service where he would be the chief of pediatrics at the hospital at the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. He was proud to have learned enough from the Navajo to perform a history and physical examination without an interpreter. Upon completing his mission, he was honored by the elders with several sand paintings that were a lifelong treasure. In 1967, he moved his family to Des Moines, Iowa where he was a beloved pediatrician for over 30 years. He looked after first, second and third generations of children in families that valued his skill, sense of humor, friendly reassurance and supportive style. During his time in Des Moines, he started and ran a cystic fibrosis clinic. He was the medical director of the Iowa Poison Control Center; He was a faculty member and advisor to the Des Moines Police Academy and Des Moines Fire Department; He was a member of several medical schools where he was a guest teacher. Mark collaborated with other physicians to charter the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology beginning in 1968.
He served as the magazine’s editor-in-chief, president and board member. Through his efforts, the American Board of Medical Toxicology, later called the American College of Medical Toxicology, was made a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialists. Mark has also been instrumental in founding many other medical associations and programs throughout his career, and has authored hundreds of newspaper articles on toxicology and pediatrics. He received many professional honors. After completing his clinic in 2000, he took over the position of Medical Director of Proudhons Hospital. Like many active people, he never retired and was busy reviewing magazine articles and writing editorials. In addition to his private practice, Mark joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1988.
Enter as captain. He received the rank of captain. He worked as a flight surgeon for the USS Abraham Lincoln. Mark loved to fly, and eventually became a private pilot. This experience led to work as a senior advisor and faculty member at the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition, Mark was asked to review pharmacology and toxicology matters for the Department of Defense, Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the CDC. Of particular interest to him was the safety of children’s vaccines, which led to writing for more than a decade on the mortality and morbidity of some children’s vaccines. His work and interest led to him being asked to field-test new vaccines in his private practice. His talents and ability to entertain a crowd with humor, his passionate piano playing (self-taught, playing by ear), and skillful speaking skills made him a memorable presenter and artist at public and private events over the course of his long life. Mark married the love of his life, Teresa Thompson, in 1984.
They enjoyed many happy years in Johnston, Iowa, then moved to the Pacific Northwest, and eventually moved to Tucson in 2021. Mark’s death was preceded by his parents, Tasula and John Thoman, sister Barbara Curtis, and daughter-in-law Lynn (Ed) Thoman. He is survived by his wife, Theresa (Thompson) Thoman, sisters Elizabeth (“Nicky”) Fisher and Leah Accord, along with children, Marlisa Thoman, Susan (Larry Schlosser) Thoman, Ed Thoman, Nancy Nucci (Todd Smith), Janet Thoman, J.D. (Eric Poland). ), and David Thoman. Nine grandchildren (Alex Nocchi, Danielle Thoman, John Thoman, Heather Greene, Dylan Green, Peter Nocchi, Lee Schlosser, Gaius Nocchi, and Eli Nocchi) and five great-grandchildren are also survived. Mark was a member of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of the Resurrection in Tucson, where a funeral was held on September 19, 2022. Instead of flowers, consider donations to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or Human Alliance.