Karl C. Thomas


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Me­gan Mcdonough

Karl C. Thomas, 81, who re­tired in 1991 as a chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer at Amer­i­can Type Cul­ture Col­lec­tion, a Rockville-based non­profit bi­o­log­i­cal re- search cen­ter, died Dec. 29 at Gilchrist hospice in Columbia.

He had Alzheimer’s disease, said his wife, Holly Thomas.

Mr. Thomas, a Columbia res­i­dent, worked in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy for 35 years. In the early 1970s, he was a di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion sys­tems at Mar­shall Univer­sity in Hunt­ing­ton, W.Va. He moved to Washington in 1974 and be­came ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of com­put­ing ser­vices at Catholic Univer­sity. He joined the Amer­i­can Type Cul­ture Col­lec­tion in 1989.

Karl Comp­ton Thomas was a na­tive of Lan­caster, Pa., and a 1953 Penn State grad­u­ate.

He was a found­ing board mem­ber of the Can­dle­light Con­cert So­ci­ety in Columbia and re­ceived an out­stand­ing arts sup­porter award from the Howard County Arts Coun­cil in 2007.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 57 years, Holly Hilde­brand Thomas of Columbia; four chil­dren, Su­san Thomas of Sil­ver Spring, Karen Thomas of Tokyo, Scott Thomas of State Col­lege, Pa., and Erik Thomas of Belling­ham, Wash.; a brother; and seven grand­chil­dren.

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