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Robert Glenn Thomas

1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Robert Glenn Thomas Obituary
Thomas, Robert Glenn

Dr. Robert Glenn Thomas, age 89, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He was born on October 9, 1926, in Watertown, New York, to Glenn and Mildred (Van Horn) Thomas.

Bob enlisted in the Navy in 1944, at the age of 17, and served in China during WWII in the SACO division. He graduated from St. Lawrence University and got his double PHD in Radiation Biology and Biophysics at the University of Rochester. Dr. Thomas was involved in nuclear weapons testing projects in Nevada and Idaho in the late 1950's. His career brought him to Albuquerque where he worked at Sandia Laboratory and Los Alamos Labs. Later, he finished his career at the Department of Energy. He was the Post-Chernobyl team leader from the Department of Energy following the 1986 nuclear disaster. He was the past club President and Lt. Governor of Civitan International with the Albuquerque Breakfast Club. Bob was the past President of the Rio Grande chapter of the Health Physics Society, and was awarded the distinguished scientific achievement award in 1995.

Bob is survived by son, Glenn (Martha) of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and daughters, Carol (Dan) Carson of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Paula Thomas of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; eight grandchildren (Racheal, Nikki, Russell, Cody, Amber, Adam, Matt, and Danny); sister Thelma Robbins of Dexter, New York; and niece, Gail (Chris) Brown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Mildred (Van Horn) Thomas, his brother-in-law, Basil Robbins, his nephew, Stephen Robbins; his wife, Lanny Thomas and her son, Steven (Lynn) Applen.

He will be laid to rest in Watertown, New York next to his parents and Lanny. Family services will be held at a later date.

The Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, New Mexico is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 21, 2016
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