George E. Thoma M.D. Jr.

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Thoma, George E. Jr., M.D. George E. Thoma, Jr., M.D. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Dr. Thoma will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by those who knew and loved him, his wife of 45 years, Eugenia Benoist Bryan Thoma; his eight children: Lee Cornish (Fred), Mary Ann Dowling (John), Christie Dennison (Mike), Skee Thoma (Amy), Larry Thoma (Lida), Lisa Savel (Greg), Mark Thoma (Peter) and Nellie Ross (Peter); seventeen grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. Dr. Thoma was preceded in death by his first wife of 20 years Jennifer Biega Thoma. Dr. Thoma was born August 9, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio. In 1943 Dr. Thoma graduated from The University of Dayton, and in 1988 was honored by the University Of Dayton with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Thoma received his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1947, and over the years he served the University as a member of the hospital staff, professor of Internal Medicine, and Dean of the Medical school. Dr. Thoma served in the military as a Major in the United States Air Force (Medical Corps), flight surgeon, from 1951 to 1954. In 1963 Dr. Thoma was named as Assistant to the Vice President for the Medical Center serving in this capacity until 1973 when he was named Vice-President for the Medical Center, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Thoma was also a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine, and was founding editor of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, a position he held from 1958 to 1970. Dr. Thoma, as well, served the community of St. Louis as Medical Director for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Dr. Thoma was a member of the Board of Trustees and one-time President of The Academy of Science of St. Louis, and a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities. Dr. Thoma was also a President of the Racquet Club St. Louis and a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C. Dr. Thoma received numerous honors and awards throughout his professional career. In addition to his passion for working to advance the training of medical professionals and establishing the finest health care facilities, Dr. Thoma was passionate about food and wine. He and Genie enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the world, most notably France where they took cooking classes in Paris, and and met tete a tete with chefs from the finest restaurants to the simplest bistros. A Maitre in the Commanderie de Bordeaux, and an avid student of Italian cuisine, George had an eclectic palate. During summer vacations to Douglas, Michigan, George offered cooking classes at a local shop. Friends and food lovers bid eagerly at charity auctions for an opportunity to enjoy a meal prepared and served to them by George and Genie. Services: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church, 401 South Lindbergh Blvd., Creve Coeur on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends at the Church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday. In a final act of service to the advancement of medical care, Dr. Thoma has willed his body to the St. Louis University Medical School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Saint Louis University School of Medicine, DuBourg Hall #319, One N. Grand Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103. A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 7, 2016