Dr. Wilbur “Bill” Thain died following a short illness on April 30, 2016. Thain was a member of the original committee that planned and established the Exceptional Child Center (ECC), which later became the Center for Persons with Disabilities. He was integral to the formation and development of the Center, and he served as its first medical director for 13 years.
Thain also had a private practice in Logan, Utah, and delivered over 3,000 babies in 30 years. He loved working with children with special needs and was outspoken about improving opportunities for them.
When the ECC first opened, Thain conducted medical and neurological evaluations. In time, the medical program grew and began to offer more comprehensive services. The clinic Thain was developing began to treat large numbers of children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), a disorder that was widely misunderstood at the time.
Additionally, the clinic became increasingly multidisciplinary, a tradition that lives on at the Center to this day. Children received psychological services, physical therapy, and special education referrals as necessary. Speaking of the interaction between the school housed in the ECC and his medical clinic, Thain noted, “The school and the services at the ECC were truly unique. It had a different approach than medical institutions took to disabilities. It started a trend, at all centers nationwide, to emphasize education and psychology.”
In 2013, Thain was honored as the CPD Alumnus of the Year and recognized for helping shape the identity and reputation of the fledgling CPD, as well as for serving thousands of families and helping train numerous young interns. His decades of service had an enormous influence on individuals with disabilities and their families, not only in the immediate vicinity, but throughout the region. Without Thain’s medical expertise and guidance, the CPD’s distinctive and exemplary history of providing medical services to children and adults with disabilities may not have taken shape. His death at age 90 leaves a thriving legacy in the widely respected CPD Medical Division.
A viewing will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St., in Logan and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Benson LDS Church. The funeral will follow at 12 p.m. A complete obituary is available here
. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you honor Dr. Thain with a gift to the CPD
. Select “Department of” from the first drop down, then “Center for Persons with Disabilities” from the next drop down, or make a check out to “CPD in memory of Dr. Thain” and mail your gift to:
Center for Persons with Disabilities
6800 Old Main Hill
Logan UT, 84322