Spencer P. Thornton, MD, died at age 90 on October 26, 2019. A pioneer in the field of refractive surgery, Dr. Thornton served as the president of the ASCRS from 1997 to 1999 and received the society’s lifetime achievement award earlier this year. He was an internationally recognized speaker and the author of hundreds of journal articles and numerous book chapters. Dr. Thornton designed many medical instruments and devices and was in private practice for more than 40 years in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a cofounder of Biosyntrix, a nutraceutical company for which he served as president and chief medical officer.
Dr. Thornton was a captain in the US Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. He was also an accomplished magician who made eight appearances on The Tonight Show.
In an interview with CRST in 2004, he commented, “Ophthalmology involves improving patients’ quality of life, something I believe makes it the most psychologically rewarding specialty.”
To read the interview in full, visit bit.ly/1119thornton.
Dr. Thornton was predeceased by his wife, Ginnie. He is survived by their four children—Steve, David, Cooper, and Beth Rader—and nine grandchildren.