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Dr. Sarah Thomas
Dr. Sarah Thomas
Submitted by: Bob Chada
|© The Guthrie News Leader|
|Wednesday, May 15, 2002|
A memorial service for Dr. Sarah Thomas, 73, formerly of Langston, will be held for immediate family at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Home in Lemoore, California.
Thomas was born September 1, 1928 in Gainesville, GA to Joseph Jesse Thomas and Beulah Collins Thomas. She died May 11, 2002 at Hanford Nursing and Rehabilitation Hospital in Hanford, California.
Sarah spent her early teen years in Lumpkin County, Ga., where she graduated from Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, Ga. When she was 15, she entered Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga., earning a degree in biology in 1948. After college, she was employed for 12 years at Air Line High School and East Hall High School in Gaines, Ga. During the summers, she earned her Master's Degree in botany from the University of Denver. From 1960 to 1967 she became an associate professor and chairman of the biology department at Brenau College. During the summers of 1960 to 1965, she attended classes at the University of Colorado. She studied from 1967 to 1970 at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas from 1967 to 1970, earning her Ph.D. in radiation biology. Upon graduation she was employed as a professor and later became chairperson of the biological sciences department at Langston University, where she taught for 28 years.
Thomas was a member of the Baptist Church, the Oklahoma Education Association, the Oklahoma Academy of Science, the Oklahoma Association for Undergraduate Education in Biology, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the American Association of University Professors, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Ecological Society of American, Altrusa International, Chi Sigma Epsilon, the International Platform Association and the Association of Women in Science and was an advisory member of the Marquis Biolgraphical Library Society. She received a National Science Foundation award and a Texas Women's University Fellowship award. She was listed in "Who's Who of American Women." "Who's Who of the South and Southwest," "The Dictionary of International Biolgraphy" and "Community Leaders of American."
While visiting her family in California in the summer of 2001, Sarah discovered she had sarcoma. She remained with her family until December, when she was hospitalized and went to live at the Hanford Nursing and Rehabilitation Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her father, who died in 1977.
Survivors include her mother, Beulah Thomas of Lemoore, Calif.; two sisters, Nancy Kenney of Lemoore and Mary Jo Nisbet of Cayucos, Calif.; two brothers-in-law, John A. Kenney and Collis Nisbet; seven nieces and nephews, Sarah Maria Kenney of Hollywood, Calif.; Roxanne Kenney and John Kenney II of Clovis, Calif.; Diane, Cory, Phillip Goodman and John Thomas Nisbet of Atascadero, Calif, and five great-nieces and nephews, Brooke Elizabeth Nisbet, Zachery Mitchel Nisbet, Katherine Ann Nisbet, Nicholas Collins Nisbet and Ellie Jo Nisbet, all of Atascadero, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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