Tom R. Thomas, PhD, Class of 1966

IMG_0510Tom Thomas was an outstanding student athlete at Ste. Genevieve High School, earning ten varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was an All Mineral Area Conference, All District, and All State Honorable Mention football player in 1964. He attended Missouri Valley College and lettered three years in varsity football. He graduated magna cum laude from Missouri Valley College in 1971, and was named Mr. Viking as the outstanding male athlete his senior year. From 1970-74, Mr. Thomas was a high school teacher and coach at Jefferson City, Camdenton, and Columbia, Missouri high schools. He earned a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri in 1976 and began an illustrious career as a college professor, first at the University of Kansas from 1976-86, and then at the University of Missouri from 1986-2011, serving as the Director of Exercise Physiology at both universities. Dr. Thomas also served as Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri from 1986-2011, and Associate Vice Provost for Research from 1998-2001. Dr. Thomas was named the University of Missouri Dean’s Outstanding Teacher in 1994, 1995, and 1996. In addition, he served two terms as President of the Central States Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine in 1980 and 1994, and Director of the National Institute of Health Research Project from 2005-2011. Dr. Thomas received numerous professional teaching and research awards, and he has over 100 scientific publications, and has given over 200 professional presentations. He retired from the University of Missouri in 2011, and remains active in his community of Fayette, Missouri, as a youth coach and volunteer of the local food pantry for many years. Together with his wife, Susan, they have three children; Amy, Joe, and Amanda.