AAA Mourns Loss of Richard Thomas, Member Services Manager

12 thoughts on “AAA Mourns Loss of Richard Thomas, Member Services Manager”

  1. I am sad to hear this. Richard was the calm in the storm of the annual meetings and helpful in helping ALLA increase its membership. He will be missed.

  2. So sad to hear this news. Richard was an ardent supporter of students and was also influential in helping to launch the undergraduate student membership rate as well as the group rate for anthropology clubs. He was always eager to help with NASA or the Student Representatives Caucus and I spent many an annual meeting having breakfast with him. John and my thoughts are with his friends and family.

  3. We are saddened deeply by the news of Richard Thomas passing. Our section, SACC, has always had a special identity, a national department for isolated community college anthropologists who knew how important our field was to the diverse public we represented. Some very special staff of the AAA felt this also, worked with our leadership with deep commitment and care, starting in my experience with David Givens, Kathleen Terry-Sharp, Patsy Evans, Suzanne Mattingly, and then, when we lost most of those special people, Richard Thomas came forward and was always there with his special sense of dedication. We honor your service, Richard, thank you.

  4. I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear former colleague at AAA. I remember with respect Richard’s tireless care and concern for AAA’s members, and I recall fondly his perennially positive outlook and always ready smile.

    Travel well along your new road, my friend. I will miss you.

  5. This man was amazing at the meetings, tirelessly working in the bowels of the conference hotel ensuring that the many frustrated souls seeking employment could find clarity and order in the chaos. He helped me over the years as both a job seeker and later as a search committee member. RIP Richard.

  6. Countless times Richard provided good advice or gave timely and accurate answers to puzzles we faced 2003-2010 as the Anthropology Education Committee got organized and ran its course. I’m grateful for the example he set and wish him and those nearest Happy Trails!

  7. Very sorry to hear this news. I also had the opportunity to meet Richard on my own job search at the AAAs, a few years in a row of course. He was reliably a voice of reassurance and reason in a process in which these two characteristics are reliably lacking.

  8. Deeply saddened by this news, Richard’s calmness in the face of chaos and ability to sort out complicated situations and find solutions at the drop of a hat was marvelous, and an important part of keeping the AAA going. And always with a smile and a chuckle. I can’t count how many times he’s helped me out, let alone the many others I’ve referred to him over the years. My condolences to all who have been graced by his presence.

  9. Richard was such a unique and remarkable person. He loved his ‘precious neighborhood,’ all things British humor, a good political scandal, and relished the opportunity to dust off his German skills. He took great pride in his work and cared deeply for AAA members. I’d hoped to have more time with him, fascinating man that he was. This is a terrible loss for the many lives he touched.

  10. Richard was the “voice of calm” in the employment room too. He helped many of us navigate the stressful job search and interview process at the AAAs. He was of great assistance when I was looking for my first job many years ago, and more recently, in helping me advertise for a position in my department. I enjoyed seeing him at the meetings and catching up. This is a shock. He will be missed.

  11. I am saddened to hear today that Richard Thomas, AAA Manager of Membership Services, has passed away. On behalf of the over 12,000 members around the world whom Richard served with such dedication, and so well, I would like to extend my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We will miss him terribly.
    Monica Heller, AAA President

  12. I am very saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. AAA is a much better organization operationally because of his efforts over the years. He will be missed.

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