Hugh Maxson (Max) Thomason

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Hugh Maxson (Max) Thomason

Nashville, TN

Hugh Maxson (Max) Thomason, formerly a resident of Bowling Green, KY, died February 1, 2014. He was born August 9, 1921 in Hopkinton, Rhode Island.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde A. and Amie Maxson Thomason, and his five siblings: J. T., Oscar, Fincher, Clyde Jr. and Sara.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Healan Thomason and their children, Susan Thomason Sauer (Dan), Alice Thomason Bolster (Robert), Philip John Maxson Thomason and Richard Shedd Thomason (Heidi); grandchildren, Matthew Sauer (Meridith) and Amy Sauer Babbo (Martin), Maxson and Rhodes Bolster, Sara and Jean Lynch-Thomason, and Liana and Kathryn Thomason; great-grandchildren, Lila and Ruthie Sauer, Daniel Babbo and Kaoula Madrone Shannon.

Max received his B.A. from North Georgia College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. In 1941, Max enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, beginning a 40-year commitment to the Corps. He served in WWII and the Korean conflict, remaining in the Marine Corps Reserve until his retirement as colonel in 1981. He was a member of the faculty of Western Kentucky University, serving as professor of government and department head. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of North Georgia College in 1996, and served two terms as a Director of the NGC Alumni Association. Max was a life member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, having hiked on the trail over many years. Max enjoyed listening to classical music, was interested in history, particularly military history, and genealogy.

The family wishes to thank Bernadette Ash for her loving care and also thanks Alive Hospice of Nashville.

Memorial services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green, KY on Saturday, February 8th at 2 p.m., with visitation following. The family will also welcome friends to their Nashville home on Sunday, February 9th from 2-4 p.m.

Those wishing to honor Max's memory may direct their gifts to the Healan-Thomason Scholarship Fund at the University of North Georgia, P. O. Box 1599, Dahlonega, GA 30533; or to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2033 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

View and sign guestbook at Crawford Mortuary & Crematory, (615) 254-8200

Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 5, 2014
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