In Memory

Harlan Thomas


THOMAS HARLAN LLOYD THOMAS (June 11, 1920- September 4, 2015) Age 95, of Rocky River, OH. passed away on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve in Westlake, OH. Harlan was the husband of Snow S. Thomas. He was born in Garrettsville, Ohio to the late John and Maude Thomas on June 11, 1920. As a music teacher for 35 years, Harlan was chairperson of the Rocky River High School Music Department and director of a wide variety of school vocal and instrumental music groups between 1945 and 1976. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin- Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and his Master's degree from the University of Michigan Conservatory of Music. His love of Music was expressed through many activities over the course of his life in and out of the classroom. Through his love of Classical Music, he inspired a love for the this genre in generations of students, and as a believer in the sacred value of the teaching profession, he served as an important source of inspiration and support to many students who pursued careers as professional musicians. Throughout the years, he held many positions of leadership in the community including Founding Director of the Rocky River Madrigal Singers, Board Member of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society, Instructor in the Cuyahoga County College Encore Senior Adult Program, and Director of the John Knox Presbyterian Chancel Choir.


Memorial Services will take place Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 11:AM at CATAVOLOS BERRY FUNERAL HOME, 23040 Center Ridge Rd. , Westlake, OH, where the family will receive friends on Friday September 25 from 4-6 PM and 7-9 PM. The family suggests Memorial Contributions be made to the Cleveland Orchestra Foundation.

Published in The Plain Dealer from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20, 2015- See more at: