Dr. Shirley Thomson, Former Director of the National Gallery of Canada, Died


TORONTO.- An iconic figure in the world of Canadian and international art, former director of the National Gallery of Canada, Dr. Shirley Lavinia Thomson died peacefully in her sleep on August 10, 2010. Dr. Thomson was named eighth Director of the National Gallery of Canada in 1987 and remained in this position for 10 years. Under her strong leadership, she oversaw momentous changes at the Gallery including the opening of the new building on Sussex Drive and the institution of a new administrative system as it became a Crown Corporation in 1990. Hallmarks of Thomson’s career at the Gallery were her steadfast belief in excellence and scholarship. This led to the presentation of a strong and eclectic exhibition programme which resulted in record