With his natural
flair for design and color, and driven by his
single-minded dedication to reviving the craft,
Thompson soon gained worldwide recognition for
his success in rebuilding the industry, for generating
international demand for Thai silk and for contributing
to the growth of the silk industry.
During the Easter
weekend in 1967, Thompson disappeared while on
holiday with friends in Cameron Highlands, a northern
Malaysian resort. An extensive and extended search
failed to reveal any clues about his disappearance.
By then, Thompson
had been in Thailand for nearly 22 years.