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By Lou Marzeles

Thompson has a 'homecoming'

Calendar cover photo taken by the doctor who started the clinic


November 20, 2019


PHOTO DOC: Dr. Neal Thompson has the cover picture on the Sentinel's 2020 Calendar (right). Thompson started the Family Practice Clinic in Goldendale in the early 1960s and was chief of staff at KVH.

Neal Thompson's striking photograph of Stonehenge was chosen as the cover picture for The Goldendale Sentinel's 2020 Calendar. But for a great many people in town, he's remembered as Dr. Thompson-the doctor who started the Family Practice Clinic in Goldendale.

Thompson first dropped into town in 1963, when he was just out of the U.S. Public Health Service out in Arizona. He connected with Klickitat Valley Developers, and they built the clinic for him.

"It was a time in which physicians were rare," Thompson recalls. "Certainly family physicians were extremely rare at this time. I grew up outside Yakima, and I went throughout eastern Washington looking for a place to practice. There were ma...

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