Laconia-----Dr. Gordon Clark Gregory Thomas, 85, of Leighton Avenue North, died at his home on Saturday, February 12, 2005 after a battle with cancer.
Dr. Thomas was born in New York City, on November 15, 1919, the son of Attillie (Rottamer) and Edward Ogden Thomas. He spent his early years in Virginia and was a graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. His medical training was at the same institution. He served his internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital and served in Hawaii and China during WWII. Following WWII, he returned to the University of Virginia Medical School to complete a residency in Psychiatry. He continued on that staff as instructor and then Asst. Professor until he was called back to active duty during the Korean conflict, serving as an Air Force Captain in North Africa.
Following service in North Africa, Dr. Thomas had a private practice of Adult and Child Psychiatry in Stamford, Connecticut for fifteen years. In 1968, he moved to Vermont to serve as the Medical Director of the Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Center in Newport, VT. In 1971, he came to Laconia as the first Medical Director at the Lakes Region Mental Health Center (now Genesis-Behavioral Health) and was on the staff of Lakes Region General Hospital. In 1978, he returned to private practice in Laconia. Dr. Thomas was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the N. H. Medical Society, the N. H. Psychiatric Society, the Medical Society of Virginia and the NE Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara "Bobbie" (MacDonald) Thomas, of Laconia; a daughter, Deborah Thomas Robinson of Poultney, Vermont; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Thomas and William E. Dyer of Bluffton, South Carolina; grandsons, James, Scott and Geoffrey Robinson of Poultney, VT and two nieces. Two brothers, Edward O. and Tazewell Thomas, predeceased him.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Laconia Congregational Church, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 11:00AM. Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date in the family lot in Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Congregational Church of Laconia Capital Improvement Fund, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH 03246 or to Community Health & Hospice, Inc., 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03426.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.