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Glenn N. Thomas, Ph.D.
  • CIS Student Enrichment Fund in the Kent State College of Business
    Dept. of Management and Information Systems, College of Business
    Kent State University
    Kent, OH 44242
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“Glenn and I played lacrosse together for four years at Stanford, and he served as an usher in Bitsy's and my wedding in 1970. Our friendship meant a...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Mel Ellis - Lake Oswego, OR

“Dear Jay and family,I'm so sorry to have read of Glenn's passing. Although I did not have direct experience with him as a teacher and mentor, he was...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Susan Horne - Aurora, OH

“I will always be grateful to Glenn for giving me the opportunity to teach at KSU when enrollments got too large for him. But mostly, his mentorship...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Janet Formichelli - Canfield, OH

“For over three decades, I had the joy and privilege to be a friend and a colleague of Dr. Glenn Thomas in the Management & I.S. Department at Kent...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: William Acar - Petaluma, CA

“Glenn taught me how to code. I wanted to take the time to truly understand what I was doing, so I spent a lot of extra time with him during his...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Sean Kilbourn - New Orleans, LA

“Thank you for being a loyal fan of our Kent State Golden Flashes! You will be missed.Cathy O'DonnellRetired Administrator, Kent State Athletics ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Cathy ODonnell - Belpre, OH

“I just loved Glenn from my very first meeting with him on my initial job visit to the College of Business early in 1990 when he was Associate Dean,...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Paul Albanese - Sarasota, FL

“Dr. Thomas was a caring professor. He was always willing to spend time helping work through programming course work. I think about his class every...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Jason Kaczor - Strongsville, OH

“Praying for blessings and comfort for your family and friends! You were a man of few words, but those you spoke were honest and true to the best of...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“I knew Glenn for almost forty years. We first met while working on a government funded research project in database conversion. He was at the...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Steven Schindler - kent, OH

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Glenn's passing and convey my condolences to Jay and Justin and the rest of Glenn's family. Glenn and I were friends...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Pradeep Rau - Washington, DC

“Offering our deepest sympathies during this time. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - OH

“I remember his door was always open and he really enjoyed helping me (and others) solve problems with our little programs we would create in his...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Dan Toth - Mentor, OH - Student

“Glenn had such a love for the Cleveland Indians! His whole office was decorated with Tribe things, and he was always ready to talk about a game or...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Cathy DuBois - Kent, OH

“To the Thomas family: I want you to know how proud I am to have had an opportunity to work with Glenn, both as a member of the CIS and as an adjunct...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Thomas Maurer - Chagrin Falls, OH

“It was wonderful to know you, and thank you for the opportunity to work together. Thank you for all the many contributions to our department and...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Murali Shanker - Kent, OH


Glenn Nichols Thomas, a member of the emeritus faculty in the College of Business at Kent State University, died on January 21, 2017 at the age of 70 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

The son of the late Lewis V. Thomas, a noted scholar of Turkish Language and Literature at Princeton University, and the late Dr. Ethel N. Thomas, he was born in Istanbul, Turkey on July 27, 1946. He grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and summered often in Turkey where his father did extensive research on the Ottoman Empire.

Thomas began his education at Princeton Country Day School and subsequently graduated from The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. While a teenage participant in the Experiment for International Living, he lived in The Netherlands where he developed a keen interest in European history. He received a BA degree in that field from Stanford University in 1968, and then pursued graduate studies in business at the University of Washington. He was awarded an MBA in 1973 and a doctorate in management information systems in 1977.

In 1976 he was recruited by Kent State University as one of the first two information sciences faculty in the College of Business. During a teaching career that spanned more than 35 years, Thomas was a founding member of the Center for Information Systems, served as associate dean of the College of Business where he oversaw design and construction of the Business School Annex, and served one year stints as acting chair of the Accounting Department and as a member of the Faculty Senate. He served for many years as the coordinator of the information systems curriculum and was responsible for the introduction of email and computer labs into the College of Business. He was a finalist for the University's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004 and 2006.

Thomas's research publications focused on relational data bases, database systems conversion, and the effective use of computer technology in healthcare, banking and other industries. But his greatest joy as an educator was being in the classroom with students, and he followed with pride the careers of those whom he had taught and mentored. He was an avid basketball fan, cheering on both the Kent State women and men's teams as a season ticket holder for many years.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jeanette (Jay), by his son Justin, and by a host of extended family members, friends, and colleagues who admired his integrity, his judgement, and his kindness. He will be sorely missed.

In keeping with his wishes, end of life services will be private, but the family welcomes condolences and personal recollections via the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home website: www.bisslerandsons.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to the CIS Student Enrichment Fund in the Kent State College of Business (Mail to Dept. of Management and Information Systems, College of Business, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242) or to a charity of one's choice.