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William Stephen Thomas

William Stephen Thomas, museum consultant. Grantee National Science Foundation, Sweden, 1959; Grantee National Research Council, Hawaii, 1961; Katherine Coffey award Northeast Museum Conference, 1975. Served as lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945; also, Korea; Commander Reserve retired; Member of Explorers (New York City), Century (New York City); Harvard Travellers (Boston).

Background

  • Thomas, William Stephen was born on September 5, 1909 in New York City. Son of William Sturgis and Emma (Rheinfrank) Thomas.

  • Education

    • AB cum laude, Harvard University, 1932. Postgraduate, New York University.

    Career

    • Museum apprentice Newark Museum, 1933-1934. Assistant registrar Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, 1934-1936. Director education Philadelphia Academy Natural Sciences, 1936-1939.

      Executive secretary committee education in science American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1939-1942. Co-founder, secretary adult school The Junto, 1941-1942. Director Rochester (New York ) Museum Arts and Sciences (now Rochester Museum and Science Center), 1946-1968, director development, 1969-1971, executive secretary board, 1972-1973, director emeritus, from 1974.

      Department State lecturer, Havana, Cuba, 1949. Museum planner United Nations Educational, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1949. Secretary committee science technical museums International Council Museums, 1953-1967, secretary United States national committee, 1957-1965, chairman, 1966-1970.

      Consultant museums, Hawaii and Japan, 1951-1952, lecturer, France, 1953, 64, Israel, 1962, Cairo, 1967.

    Membership

    Served as lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Also, Korea; Commander Reserve retired. Member of Explorers (New York City), Century (New York City).

    Harvard Travellers (Boston).

    Connections

    • Married Katharine Cornish, August 1, 1942. Children– William Cornish, Stephen Livingston.
    • father: William Sturgis Thomas
    • mother: Emma (Rheinfrank) Thomas
    • spouse: Katharine Cornish
    • children: William Cornish Thomas
    • Stephen Livingston Thomas
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    Born September 5, 1909
    Died December 27, 2001
    (aged 92)
    Nationality
    • 1932
      Harvard University
    • 1933 - 1934
      Museum apprentice Newark Museum
    • 1934 - 1936
      assistant, registrar Metropolitan Museum Art
    • 1936 - 1939
      director, education Philadelphia Academy Natural Sciences
    • 1939 - 1942
      executive, secretary committee education in science American Philosophical Society
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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