|Birth: ||May 24, 1944|
|Death: ||May 17, 2013|
Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., 68, died on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Decatur, Georgia.
Dr. Thomas was a native of Chattanooga. He attended Chattanooga Public Schools and was a 1962 honor graduate of Howard High School. He enrolled at Morehouse College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Math. He attended the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business Administration where he received an M.B. A. in Finance. He received his D.B.A. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
As chairman and CEO of R. Thomas & Associates, Dr. Thomas consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional firms, government entities, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. He served as secretary of Morehouse College, dean of the graduate School of Business Administration at Atlanta University, assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and instructor at Morehouse College. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Morehouse College.
Dr. Thomas was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten consultants in the country on Diversity Management. He was elected as a Fellow by the National Academy of Human Resources, cited by Human Resource Executive as one of HR's Most Influential People, awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Human Resources Development Award by the American Society of Training and Development, honored with the "Trailblazers in Diversity" Award by Bennet College and designated an Inaugural "Legends of Diversity" Honoree by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals. Dr. Thomas is the author of seven published books; his most recent, World Class Diversity Management: A Strategic Approach.
Dr. Thomas was a former member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga. In Atlanta, he joined Friendship Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the Deacon Board along with various duties at the Church. He has received numerous awards and commendations for his service to his church. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and many other civic and community organizations.
Dr. Thomas was preceded in death by his father, Rufus R. Thomas, Sr.; his mother, Icye Potts Thomas; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Thomas and his maternal grandparents, Ollie Robert Potts and Lela M. Potts.
Dr. Thomas is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judge Ruby Thomas; a daughter, April R. Thomas; two sons, Shane and Jared Thomas; one grandson, Montrell Thomas; a brother, Robert Potts (Carol) Thomas, Sr.
Funeral service for Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. will be held on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 11 am at Friendship Baptist Church, 437 Mitchell Street, Southwest, Atlanta, Georgia with Dr. Emmanuel L. McCall, Interim Pastor, officiating and Dr. Timothy T. Boddie as Eulogist. Interment, Lincoln Cemetery.
The Omega Service of Alpha Rho of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6:00PM at Friendship Baptist Church with family visitation immediately following until 7:30PM.
The Omega Ritual of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be held prior to the funeral on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:30AM (Open to the public) at Friendship Baptist Church.
Sources: Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors
This announcement is being made courtesy of John P. Franklin Funeral Home
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Record added: May 29, 2013
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