2008-02-07 / Obituaries

W. G. Brooks Thomas, 82

W. G. Brooks Thomas, 82, died Jan. 30, 2008 in Newport, from medical conditions related to Parkinson's disease. He was the husband of Constance (Beels) Thomas for 55 years.

The son of C. Lloyd and Jocelyn Parker Thomas, he was born on Dec. 24, 1925, in Cambridge, Mass.

He was educated at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., graduating in June, 1943. Mr. Thomas had been accepted as a freshman by Yale during the summer of 1943; however, the Navy had also accepted him in the Navy V-12 College Training Program at the same time. He joined the Program at Williams College. The Navy transferred him to the NROTC Engineering Program at Tufts College in March, 1944, where he graduated in October, 1945, receiving a commission as ensign, USNR and a degree of bachelor of Naval science at the same time. Mr. Thomas entered Yale College and graduated in 1948.

Mr. Thomas worked in banking and industry until 1960 when he became manager of the Connecticut Development Credit Corporation, a small business commercial loan company specially chartered to make "non-bankable" term loans to promising but un-bankable small companies in Connecticut. In 1970, he was employed by the Development Credit Corporation of Maryland where he was elected President and CEO, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. In the same year, he moved to Jamestown, Rhode Island, where he had been a summer resident since childhood. He had been a bank consultant prior to his death.

During his years in the Navy, in industry and in banking, Mr. Thomas served as organist and choir master in several Episcopal parishes for many years. His last tour of musical duty was at St. Thomas in Maryland from 1972 until 1979.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters, nine granddaughters and one grandson. Services will be private.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Rhode Island Chapter, P.O. Box 41659, Providence, RI 02940.

Funeral arrangements were by Memorial Funeral Home, Newport.

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