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Wednesday December 5, 2012

SEGERSON, Thomas, M.D.,

Who was born on April 10 in Topeka, Kansas to Muriel and Dr. John Segerson, died suddenly on December 2, 2012 at the age of 57. After completing his endocrinology residency in Wisconsin and his internship at Tuft's in Boston, he began his research career at the Vollum Institute in Oregon. He joined Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in 1998 and over the next 13 years became a recognized, well-respected and high- profile pharmaceutical executive in Toronto, Mexico City and Berlin. Thom's portfolio further expanded when he became a graduate of INSEAD's, International Executive Program. In his increasingly responsible roles, Thom got to actualize his passion of bringing meaningful change to the lives of the neediest by reaching across boundaries to ensure access to effective medical care. He built a strong scientific and medical network throughout Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, Latin America and Canada. Thom retired in 2011 and at the time of his death, was pursuing a masters degree in Public Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University. The fourth of 8 children, Thom is survived by his mother, Muriel and predeceased by his dear father, Jack. Across Canada and the United States, Thom's four brothers, two sisters and his many nieces and nephews are grieving. Thom's husband and partner of 27 years, Richard Latch, is speechless and numb. He has lost his world travel partner, his rock, his confident, his beloved with that infectious, beautiful smile. The many family and friends who have come together since Sunday have lost a dear soul who touched so many through his bonds of friendship, devotion to family, and his love of gourmet cooking, entertaining, gardening and Cabbagetown. You had to be on your toes with Thom for he could make you laugh, think or cry in English, French, German or Spanish. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Thomas Segerson's name to one of his preferred charities; Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada; Parkinson Society Canada or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. On-line condolences may be made at www.mackinnonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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