Dr. Leroy Thomas


A remembrance of Dr. Leroy Thomas will be part of the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 2, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Born Dec. 17, 1936, he was later baptized and, in June 2013, confirmed and so joined the local congregation where, as his health permitted, he almost never missed a Divine Service or Midweek Bible Study. People in town often saw him out and about. After a bicycle accident he was hospitalized and cared for at a number of local skilled-nursing facilities, dying at one at the age of 81 in the early morning of Aug. 27.

Survivors include two sons, both in Texas, with whom he enjoyed sailing on Lake Michigan when they were children.

Dr. Thomas, who earned a Master’s degree in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Education from Glendale University vocations, worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily Defender, where he also served stints as managing editor and executive editor. He also worked as assistant press secretary for Chicago Mayors Jane Byrne and Harold Washington and as a regional public relations representative for the Ford Motor Company.

In recent years, Dr. Thomas published his autobiography online, “My Journey through the University of Motherwit.”

Pilgrim Lutheran Church is located at 713 Florey St.

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