My brother was Fighter, a Drum Major for
Change. He defied the odds all his life. He was a young black kid, raised on a farm in the small town of Washington & Opelousas, Louisiana. After High School he accepted a scholarship to Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. For a kid who had never left his small town, this was a real Change. But Arthur was not deterred by, all of a sudden being one of a hand full of kids who looked like him.
He adjusted quickly, and got down to work on his studies. He soon found that he could compete in this environment,
and not only compete, but excell. He graduated with honors, then moved to NYC, where he enrolled in the MBA Program at New York University, while
teaching Mathematics in the public School system to cover expenses.
After getting his MBA he accepted a position with Shell Oil Co. in the Information Technology Division. And once again, he found himself the only person of color.
Again, he took advantage of this opportunity to excell, instead of worrying about being the only. He rose through the ranks, rapidly, and impressed his peers, and the CEO, so much that the CEO became his Personal Mentor. After a long career at Shell Oil, Arthur. decided to become a Independent IT Specialist, were he wrote programs for other companies for a fee.
Arthur was very generous with his knowledge of Technology, and began to teach Financial Literacy and wealth building to young executives, and his Nieces and Nephews. Arthur's next challenge was the lost of his lovely wife, Evelyn. Arthur was very devoted to his Daughter, Cassandra, as he mentored her in her career. His next challenge was failing lungs. He was on the wait list for a Double Lung Transplant (a rare operation ), back then. But he was faced with this challenge, while his only daughter was pregnant. So my brother did not want to risk something going wrong with the operation, so he took himself off the wait list until after his grandson was born.
After the birth of a healthy baby boy, Tristan, he put himself back on the wait list, and was called a few weeks later for the transplant which was very successful.
The Doctors were all amazed at his recovery. Arthur seemed to have a renewed appreciation for life after this experience. He became more nutritious conscious, he exercised more. He became
came an avid cook. His energy was great
Arthur loved to talk. He could discuss almost any subject. His mind was
A forerunner to Goggle!! When he
had the stroke; his inability to articulate as he once did was very hard for him, but abut again, he fought the good fight, until
until his body just counln't handle it
any more. So my brother, rest in peace
Knowing that went the distance with
Grace, confidence, and a winning. You
touched a lot of lives, and planted a lot of seeds that will carry on you work.
We love you and you will surely be
Missed. Brother Joseph
Joseph J. Thomas