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July 31, 1933 - November 7, 2017 EDMOND A Memorial Service will be held for Robert Lee "Bob" Thomas at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Edmond, OK on Monday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. Bob died Nov. 7. He was born on July 31, 1933, in Valley Center, KS to John Lafayette and Leta Mae (Arnhart) Thomas. He graduated Ponca City High School, where he lettered in tennis prior to attending The University of Oklahoma from Sept. 1950 until June 1956, when he graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture. While at OU, he studied under renowned architect Bruce Goff and was active in the ROTC. Bob met Dolores M. Kelly while attending OU. On Aug. 28, 1954, they were married in Yukon, OK. In 1957, he was sent on active duty with army engineers to Fort Belfour, VA. He served honorably until discharge in 1968 with the rank of major. Bob was employed by the firm Bailey, Bozalis, Dickinson & Roloff following graduation. He then became Partner at Nusbaum + Thomas Architects. The company designed the original Edmond Library, many schools, churches and numerous other buildings in Oklahoma and Texas. In 1974, the firm became McCaleb, Nusbaum, Thomas and they expanded into New Mexico. In 1990, MNT designed the Farm Credit Bank in Wichita, KS. In 1993, the firm became Robert Thomas, Architects. In 1996, Bob went to work for the State of Oklahoma as Administrator of Construction & Properties. In 1998, he became Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, where he oversaw construction of the Oklahoma History Center. After retiring in 2011, he spent his time as an avid reader, coin collector and member of the ROMEO's lunch group. Bob enjoyed playing tennis multiple times a week with great friends and competed regularly with success. He was active in the civic community of Edmond, a member of many organizations and received many career honors. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects (Emeritus), Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce. He also served as the president of Rotary Club, was a Paul Harris Fellow and a lifetime member of the OU Alumni Association. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, James Thorpe. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dolores; sister, Donna Thorpe; sisters-in-law, Jane Horne and Nancy Shehan & husband Pat; children, Catherine Oster & husband Joe, Janet Caffey, Jennifer Creech & husband Randy, and Ellen Wells & husband Chris; along with his nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, 10 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Mary's Episcopal Church or to the . To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.matthewsfuneralhome.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 12, 2017
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