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John T Thomson was a student at The Glasgow School of Art from 1938-1940 and from 1946-1948, specialising in Industrial Design. He was awarded the diploma in Industrial Design in 1948, as well as a £20 Minor Travelling Scholarship.
John graduated from Glasgow School of Art as a mature student, following his service in the Royal Air Force as a wireless operator during WWII. During this time he was based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he trained others at a navigation school.
He trained as a teacher and worked initially in Glasgow secondary schools, before taking up significant posts in further education at the College of Building and Stow College and Cardonald College, where he was head of the department of art and design before being appointed as depute principal.
Throughout his career in further education John developed and established several courses in commercial art and design and was responsible for developments in the modular system and the specialist art/design diploma awards, which are now an integral part of the art and design qualifications of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
John built his own house in Thorntonhall largely to his own design, where he lived with his wife and children.