USAO News Bureau

THOMAS, J. Harper

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2003 for prominent retired educator and farmer J. Harper Thomas, a friend of the university, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Chickasha.


Harper Thomas (1920-2003) died this morning Tuesday, May 20. He and his wife of 52 years, Mary Ellen Thomas, were supporters of USAO. Mrs. Thomas is a 1976 graduate of USAO in English.


They met at the University of Wisconsin in 1949. After their marriage in 1951, they established a home in Norman, where he served as associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma.


They moved to Chickasha in 1957. At the family's request, memorials may be made to the USAO Alumni Association's J. Harper and Mary Ellen Thomas Fund, created to benefit outstanding students in deaf education and speech pathology. Address for the Alumni Association is 1727 West Alabama, Chickasha OK 73018-5322.


Services are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home in Chickasha.