Dean S. Thomas Jr. ’35 died May 26, 2015, in Penfield, New York.
(The following appeared in the Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on July 12, 2015):
Born 14 August 1914, Yarmouth ME; died 26 May 2015, Penfield, NY. Son of Deane Stanley Thomas (1887-1980) & Doris Louise Fisher Thomas (nee Amick; 1891-1979), both of Portland, ME. He is predeceased by his wife Helen Cox Thomas (1918-1994); & his sisters Shirley Thomas Thompson (1912-2002), & Lois Thomas Perry (1918-2007). His sister Audrey Thomas resides in Portland, ME.
He graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College, ME, in 1935 with majors in chemistry, physics & mathematics. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating, he worked as an inspector for the Passamaquoddy Bay Tidal Power Project. At Boston University, from 1936-1938, he earned a MA in analytical chemistry. Upon graduation, he was employed by Eastman Kodak as a research chemist. His career there was interrupted by military service in the Army Air Corps (1942-1946), where he attained the rank of Captain. During the war, he served as weather officer for the 21st Bombardment Wing, Topeka KA, & the 43rd Weather Wing, Manila, Philippines. Resuming his career at Kodak, he became a Section Supervisor in the Photographic Technology Division, a co-inventor on seven patents, & co-author of several professional journal articles.
He retired in 1976. An active member of his community, he served for ten years on the Webster Central School Board, & as Assistant Scoutmaster for local Boy Scout Troop 163. He contributed to many causes, including the Bowdoin Alumni Fund, the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester Museum & Science Center, George Eastman House, Seneca Park Zoo, Cumberland Island Museum, & the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. He was an enthusiastic winemaker & an avid gardener. He loved classical music & science fiction, picnicking, target shooting, cooking on a grill he designed himself, &, after retirement, playing poker with his “poker buddies”.
He created many rich memories for his children, Stephen Cox Thomas (wife Sybil Jones); Jill Anne Anderson (husband Pete, daughters Kristina & Katherine); & Alison Mary Thomas.