Death of Professor Raymond Thomas, 1923-2007
Professor Raymond Thomas, one of the founder members of the University’s School of Management and its first Head of School, died on 12 January 2007 at the General Hospital in Weston-Super-Mare.
Professor Thomas joined the School of Management, which was then part of the Bristol College of Advanced Technology, in 1962 and held the post of Head of School until 1973, and then on a three-year rotation with Professor Iain Mangham and Professor Tomkins until 1983.
A professor of business administration, his main areas of expertise were corporate governance, transport economics and strategy. One of Professor Thomas’ most prominent research projects was a study of the effects of the then new Severn road bridge on South Wales and the south west in the mid 1960s.
Despite retiring at the end of August 1987, Professor Thomas remained an active member of the School and annually attended the undergraduate prize-giving ceremony to present the ‘Professor Raymond Thomas Prize’.
This prestigious award, presented annually to a graduand from the BSc in Business Administration with the highest mark in strategy, was set up and sponsored by former students of Professor Thomas in recognition of the huge contribution he made to students, the School and the University.
Professor Thomas was a much respected colleague and will be fondly remembered by his former colleagues and students.
The funeral service will be at St Mary’s Church, Walton, Clevedon, on Monday 29 January 2007 at 3pm.
Rather than sending flowers, donation cheques may be sent to: Lymphoma Association c/o R.G.Rawlings, Funeral Directors, 5 Woodlands Road, Clevedon BS21 7QD.
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