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Raymond E.Thomas, GWU professor

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 7:26 PM

Raymond E. Thomas, 85, a retired statistics professor at George Washington University, died Feb. 12 at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville. He had heart disease.

Mr. Thomas moved to Washington in 1950 to study at GWU. He graduated in 1955 and received a master's degree in statistics in 1957. He then joined the faculty full time.

From 1964 to 1974, Mr. Thomas was director of the GWU academic computer center. He later returned to teaching statistics and computer science before retiring in 1991.

Mr. Thomas enjoyed tennis and taught the game at George Washington and in Gaithersburg.

Raymond Edward Thomas was born in the Bronx, N.Y. During World War II, he served in the Army. After the war, he lived in Paris.

Marriages to Audrey Thomas and Kathleen Thomas ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, M. Louise Gerstenberg Thomas of Montgomery Village; four children from his first marriage, Raymond E. Thomas Jr. of Chapel Hill, N.C., Bruce Thomas of Adelaide, Australia, Hilary Thomas of Florence, Ore., and Karen Custer of Middletown, Md.; two stepchildren, Amy Ardolina and Garret Brereton, both of Gaithersburg; a brother; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

- T. Rees Shapiro

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