Dr. Thomas Medical Scholarship given

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship award for the 2014-2015 academic year has been presented to John Sullenbarger, Bradley Subler, Amy Wilcox, Patrick Mescher, and Melanie Stall. All recipients are graduates of Darke County high schools and are currently attending medical school.

The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father, Dr. Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’ will, with the interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships.

Dr. Thomas received a degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, practiced in Iowa and Colorado, and served during WWI in British hospitals, leaving the war as a Colonel in General Pershing’s army. Dr. Thomas died in 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Both he and his wife, Harriet Wagner, were descendants of Darke County pioneers.

Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County, a graduate of a Darke County high school, and must have been accepted into a medical school.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Garst Museum’s Executive Director, Clay Johnson, Ph.D. presents the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Scholarship award to Melanie Stall.

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