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Richard Lee Thomas


Richard Lee Thomas, American banker.


Thomas, Richard Lee was born on January 11, 1931 in Marion, Ohio, United States. Son of Marvin C. and Irene (Harruff) Thomas.


Bachelor, Kenyon College, 1953. Postgraduate (Fulbright scholar), University Copenhagen, Denmark, 1954. Master of Business Administration (George F. Baker scholar), Harvard University, 1958.


With First National Bank Chicago, since 1958, assistant vice president, 1962-1963, vice president, 1963-1965. Vice president, general manager First National Bank Chicago (London branch), 1965-1966. Vice president term loan division First National Bank, Chicago, 1968.

Senior vice president, general manager First Chicago Corporation, 1969-1972, executive vice president, 1972-1973, vice chairman board, 1973-1975, president, 1975-1992, chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1992-1995. Chairman First Chicago NBD Corporation, 1995-1996, retired chairman, 1996. Board directors Sara Lee Corporation, Sabre Holdings Corp, International Minerals and Chemical Corporation Global Inc., Project Management Institute Group Inc., EXELON Corporation.

With Army of the United States, 1954-1956.


Trustee, past chairman board trustees Kenyon College, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Life trustee Kenyon College, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University. Trustee Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Northwestern University.

Member of Chicago Council Foreign Relations, Old Elm Club Highland Park, Illinois, Indian Hill Club Winnetka, Illinois, Mid-American Club, Chicago Club, Economic Club (past president), Sunningdale Golf Club London, Commercial Club (past chairman), Casino Club, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Golf, tennis, various outdoor sports, travel, reading.


Married Helen Moore, June 17, 1953. Children: Richard L., David Paul, Laura Sue.

Marvin C. Thomas

Irene (Harruff) Thomas

Helen Moore

Richard L. Thomas

David Paul Thomas

Laura Sue Thomas