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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).


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


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


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.



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).


Married Katharine Cornish, August 1, 1942. Children– William Cornish, Stephen Livingston.

William Sturgis Thomas

Emma (Rheinfrank) Thomas

Katharine Cornish

William Cornish Thomas

Stephen Livingston Thomas