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John “Jack” H. Thomas

July 03, 1943 ~ November 04, 2019

Jack Thomas, 76, was posted to his final assignment in the early hours of November 4, 2019.  He was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 3, 1943, the second child of Ralph and Gertrude (Suzy) Thomas. He moved with his parents and siblings to Washington, D.C. 13 years later and never  looked back.


He was a lifelong learner, earning his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He was very proud of his tenure as a visiting Professor of Public Health at Tulane University in New Orleans.


Jack spent a lifetime traveling and discovering the world with a remarkable lack of bias or expectation. He made new friends wherever he landed, and truly enjoyed discovering new treasures, eating good food, and having a cocktail at the end of a particularly good (or bad) day. He was an artist and musician with wide-ranging tastes: Reggae, Country, Folk, Motown, Latin, Classical, International, Jazz, Rock and Bluegrass were all on his playlist. He was a collector of art and leaves more paintings than wall space and never said “no” to the weirdest primitive piece he could find. He loved tennis, playing his guitar, sailing, watching Tarheels basketball and a good game of backgammon with competitors of all skill levels (though he preferred novices).


Jack left his mark on the world with a long career in Public Health, retiring from the U.S. Agency for International Development after 26 years and work in over 30 countries. He then went to work for the private sector, including an assignment in Iraq as a DoD public health contractor in 2003 following Operation Iraqi Freedom.


He was a pioneer in Social Marketing, heading projects for AIDS prevention, family planning and child survival, maternal and child health, vaccination and oral rehydration programs and other public health initiatives worldwide. He received numerous awards and recognition for his accomplishments, and inspired many to follow a career in public service, including his daughter who chose a career in public safety.


He is predeceased by his parents, Gertrude “Suzy” Havemeyer and Ralph Blake Thomas; niece Erin Thomas and nephew Sean Thomas; and many eccentric and adventurous ancestors including Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts and John Kinzie, one of the first settlers of the city of Chicago.


He is survived by his daughter Gillian and her husband Scott Alcock of Otisfield, ME; daughter Kinzie and her husband Dominic D’Ambrosia of Lombard, IL; brother Blake (Nancy) Thomas; sister Suzy Klein; granddaughter Zoe Anne D’Ambrosia; nieces Sarah Casey Klein and Megan (Buell) Hollister; and nephew Colin (Caroline) Thomas. He is also survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Donnie Thomas; and former wife Maria Rivero Thomas and her daughter, Laura Jimenez.



Marla Osborne

November 6, 2019, 10:03 pm

Our parents are special to us children, and when we loose one of them, it hurts.

Mr. Thomas’ suffering has ended and he is at peace, so please remember the things that bring you joy and love.

My deepest condolences to all of you at this time of loss.

Frazer McGilvray

November 13, 2019, 11:00 pm

Jack left an indelible mark on my life. He was one of my parents’ best friends from their time spent together in Jordan, and was a true family friend. He made me a better darts player at the club, made me a better guitar player by showing me country licks, and made me a better person by allowing a 14-year-old to coach little league soccer (with Gillian, his daughter). I thought of him often over the years, always fondly. I’ll think of him fondly in the years to come. Rest in Peace my friend.

Paul Haverstick

November 14, 2019, 8:53 pm

Nancy and I meant Jack & Donnie in Jordan and that was the beginning of a treasured Friendship. We always enjoyed his sense of humor and honesty. Though we drifted apart we think of Jack as a true friend and we will always treasure the memories of our time together. Rest in peace Jack.

Julie and Hank Shurba

November 15, 2019, 11:51 pm

So sorry Kinzie. Keep your family in my prayers.

Lisa and Dom

November 16, 2019, 12:00 am

What an absolute beautiful life he had. Kinz and Dom we are sorry for your loss. Will keep you in our thoughts. Hugs sent

Christine R McLaughlin

November 16, 2019, 12:42 am

I am so sorry to hear this news..Heard it at Holy Cross Church and I was hoping I “misheard” the name…..
..Jack and I spent a lot of time looking at many properties in Vero Beach …. Jack found a home he really liked with a peaceful pond view. He was one of the nicest persons I had the pleasure to meet. My sympathies to his family
Chris McLaughlin Vero Beach

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