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Patricia J. Thomas(1927 - 2013)

Thomas, Patricia J. 12/15/1927 ~ 08/23/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Patricia Jean Thomas passed away peacefully on August 23, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Elizabeth and Charles Turcott. The family moved to the warmer climate of San Diego in 1937. During World War II, she worked as an aircraft mechanic apprentice at the North Island installation. She married Robert L. Simpson in 1948, and they had three children - Susan, Randall, and Robert. Following a divorce, Patricia obtained a Master's degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. There she met and married Edmund D. Thomas. They had two children, Julie and Christopher. From 1963 to 1997, Patricia worked for the U.S. Navy Personnel and Research Development Center (NPRDC) at Pt. Loma, California. She conducted research in the area of selection and classification. In 1973, the focus of her research shifted to minorities and women in the Navy. As a result she was very influential in creating more opportunities for women in the Navy. She was the director of the Women and Multi- cultural Research Office, before concluding her career as the Scientific Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Navy Annex, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. She authored over 50 journal articles and has written chapters in a number of textbooks. She also served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego council of Camp Fire Girls (1975-1978) and the Department of Defense Commission on Reserve Affairs (1979-1980). She is cited in Who's Who Among American Women and Who's Who Among San Diego Women. Upon retiring, she returned to San Diego and volunteered for ten years as a CASA with Voices for Children. Patricia had a deep and abiding commitment to her family and their education. She is survived by her children (all with advanced degrees): Susan Inot- Simpson of Bonita, CA, Randall Simpson of Cave Creek, AZ, Robert Simpson of Glenwood, NM, Julie Thomas of San Diego, and Christopher Thomas of Portland, OR; six grandchildren, Erin, Walker, Noah, Alexandra, Meagan and Levi; cousins, and a multitude of dear friends who all join in mourning her passing. Per her wishes, cremated remains were scattered in the mountains. A "Celebration of Patricia's Life" will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, at the Admiral Baker Golf Club House, 2400 Admiral Baker Road, San Diego, CA 92120. The family asks any who loved Pat to join them.


Published in U-T San Diego from Sept. 12 to Sept. 18, 2013
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