August 8, 1948 – December 10, 2020
Larry L. Thomas ’74 died Dec. 10, 2020. Dr. Thomas was a past Alumni Association president, Honored Alumnus, AIMS Awardee, and extraordinary missionary physician.
After Dr. Thomas graduated from medical school and was established as an emergency physician, he attended the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. There he realized tropical medicine physicians lacked opportunities for clinical experience, so he formed the Tropical Health Alliance Foundation (THAF). Initially, THAF helped match physicians with hospitals in Africa, but it has grown to include several other projects. THAF currently focuses on programs that are simple, practical, and understandable. From cataract surgery and podoconiosis treatment to clean water, THAF provides services to improve the lives for the people of Ethiopia. When not in Ethiopia or the emergency room, Dr. Thomas spent his time speaking, advocating, and raising funds for THAF projects to continue the medical mission work he was so passionate about.