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Professor Joe Thomson FRSE 1948 - 2018

By Michael Sheridan

The Society was very sorry to hear of the passing of Joe Thomson during the weekend and offers condolences to Joe’s wife, Annie. Apart from Joe’s academic, teaching and writing achievements across the spectrum of the academic and practical operation and development of Scots Law Joe also found time to make a valuable contribution to our own Gazette. Many tributes will worthily be paid to Joe but if there is one underlying quality that very many people recognised and were grateful for it is the way in which Joe tackled the complexities which he addressed and explained them in ways which enabled lesser mortals to have a better understanding.



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As you say, he made complex issues understandable. I was once at a party during which the host referred to him as having put up the profits of Ladybird Books by 100%. He was not amused but the rest of us unkindly laughed.

I was very sad to learn of Joe's death. He contributed to the Gazette for over 20 years and he always produced his column on time. It was always very readable and while scholarly it was geared to a practitioner audience.

Joe had a great love of life and I recall discussing a project with him over lunch in a restaurant. Of course with Joe a lunch lasted until nearly 5pm!

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