Dr. Thomas Millar
Author of The Omnipotent Child, Rearing the Preschool Child and The Myth of Attention Deficit Disorder.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, on April 2, 1923, Thomas Palmer Millar moved to Vancouver as a child, growing up there in the Great Depression. After graduating from Kitsilano High School in 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a pilot in the RAF's famous 13 Squadron, serving in England, North Africa, and Italy.
After the war, he attended university, receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology and English from the University of British Columbia in 1948 and a degree in medicine from McGill University in 1951. He married and had three sons and a daughter. He completed his training in psychiatry at the University of Michigan, after which he moved to Seattle, entering private practice in child psychiatry. After moves to Vancouver and Connecticut, he returned to Canada in 1973, practicing in West Vancouver until his retirement.
Dr. Millar was also a prize-winning playwright and the author of numerous articles and short stories and over 50 professional papers. His comic novel Who's Afraid of Sigmund Freud?, published in 1985, was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, Canada's most prestigious prize for humorous literature. In his 70s he took up painting, and some of his works have been shown in the Vancouver area. He was an avid skier, a keen swimmer, and a great fan of Granville Island and the Canucks hockey team.
Dr. Millar passed away on July 12, 2002, after a short but intense battle with cancer.