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Voorhees highlights alumnus and former president Dr. George B. Thomas, Sr.

August 19, 2011

Dr. George B. Thomas, Sr., former Voorhees College president and a 1949 Voorhees High School graduate, was recognized as one of the 2008 Washingtonians of the Year.  

For 37 years, The Washington Magazine has honored individuals who make a difference in their communities in the Washington area. 

Thomas was recognized for his dedication to education through the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, which is a tutoring program that has been in operation since 1986. 

"In 1986, with just 21 students, 19 tutors, mentors and teachers, the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy opened in a daycare center," Thomas said. "We now have 12 learning centers throughout Montgomery County, Md." 

Mentored by educator, scholar and social activist, Benjamin E. Mays, it is clear to see where he gets his motivation to help others learn. Yet, it was his mother that had the greatest impact on his education. 

His mother was a school teacher and a farmer who made tremendous sacrifices to send him to school. She sold farm products to send him to Voorhees. 

When Thomas attended Voorhees, there was no financial aid and a lot of students were in poverty.

"The school provided opportunities for us to work in the cafeteria or as janitors in the dorms. I worked my way through school," Thomas said. 

Thomas eventually became president of his alma mater Voorhees College from 1978-1983.  

*To see additional Voorhees graduates who currently serve or formerly served as college president, click here and view the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of the Voorhees Voice on page 31!