Dr. George E. Thomas

1945 – 2020

A lifelong resident and the youngest of three siblings, George was born on May 21, 1945 in Beaumont, Texas.

He graduated from Beaumont High School in 1963, where he was voted Class Favorite and Senior Class President. He continued his education as a math major at Lamar University. An active member of the college community, George joined the Epsilon Kappa chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, where he developed lifelong friendships with Mike McCrosky, Joe Trum, Bill Coffey and Diana Coffey. George also served as both the 1965 Social Chairman and 1966 Rush Chairman, a record recruitment year. During his time in college, he was a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity and from 1965-1967 a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

After graduating in 1967, George continued his dream to become a physician by attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. In addition to his many academic achievements in medical school, George was also a member of the Phi Beta Pi Fraternity. In the Fall of 1971 George moved to Dallas and began his internship at Baylor University Medical Center. During that same year he would complete an externship at Presidio US Army base, San Francisco, CA. There he saw many of his friends and colleagues off to serve in the Vietnam War. He returned to Baylor July of 1972 to begin his residency in Internal Medicine. In 1975, his final year at Baylor, George was chief resident, another testament to his dedication, intelligence, and desire to always do his best. He then continued his medical career by practicing in Dallas at the prestigious Dallas Medical and Surgical Clinic.

After 11 years in Dallas, he decided to return home to Beaumont. George would go on to found his own practice from the ground up, with the mission to provide compassionate, quality healthcare, known today as Beaumont Internal Medicine and Geriatric Associates, BIMGA. George was board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and has humbly served our community for 50 years. George met his beloved wife Kathleen in 1987, at a hospital beach party and promptly was enamored by her. After dating for several years, in 1991 George and Kathy were married at their infamous “Howdy Neighbor Farm”, the site for many social gatherings and parties. In 1998, George and Kathy adopted their only daughter, Maris Emma. The only thing George loved more than serving his community as a doctor, was spending time with his family. George always supported Kathy and Maris’s endeavors, no matter how unconventional. He always doted on them and put them first. George’s hobbies included fishing, playing the stock market, and sports of all kinds, but particularly baseball, even naming his only child after a Yankee’s player. He also loved traveling with his family as well as his friend, Terry & Nancy Shipman, Barbara & Bill Smith, Jan & Mike Dorian, and Tony & MaryGrace Levacy. George always made room for his beloved daughter to join on their adventures and looked forward to seeing the world. He also had a soft spot for furry friends. He never wanted the animals Maris brought home, but would quickly be found with his newest pal, sitting with them every day and sneaking them popcorn. While hospitalized, he expressed his wishes to be reunited with them at home. There will never be the right words to describe the love that surrounds George, but we will forever cherish him and hold his memory near, carrying on his legacy of compassion and selflessness.

Dr. Thomas succumbed to COVID-19 on December 12th, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. This website is to support the “Dr. George Thomas Memorial Clay Shoot” to help celebrate his life, and carry on his good works. We appreciate everyone that takes the time to consider attending and/or supporting this celebration of life.