Source: The Toy Association/The Toy Book

The Toy Association reports that Douglas Thomson, former president of the Toy Manufacturers of America (TMA) — the organization that became The Toy Association — has died.

The Bronx-born executive joined the TMA as president in 1978 and led the organization in consumer safety and policy, public relations, and philanthropy. He was also a founder of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Toy Design Department.

Thomson died at his Savannah, Georgia home on Oct. 22 at the age of 97.

According to The Toy Association, Thomson’s family is encouraging donations to be made to the Dartmouth College Fund in his name.