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Memorial service honors late art administrative assistant

College of Liberal Arts Dean James Beeby greets mourners at a memorial service for Virginia Thomas.

Haviland Cardinal, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019

A cold and grey January afternoon, the trees on campus seemed barren of life, the grieving met inside the Liberal Art Center to celebrate the life of Virginia Thomas. The art department’s longtime administrative assistant died on Nov. 18, a month shy of her birthday. Thomas would have been 72 yea...

University memorial planned for administrative assistant

University memorial planned for administrative assistant

Noah Alatza, News Editor

January 7, 2019

The Art and Design department announced on Facebook Jan. 4, that a university memorial service for a former administrative assistant will take place on Jan 15. On Nov. 21, University Communications confirmed that Virginia Thomas, 71,  died on Nov. 18 in an email sent to the USI community. Inter...

‘She was the heart of our department’

Longtime Art & Design Department Administrative Assistant, Virginia Thomas, 71, died Nov. 18.

Noah Alatza, News Editor

November 21, 2018

Longtime Art & Design Department Administrative Assistant, Virginia Thomas, 71, died Nov. 18. University Communications confirmed her death in an email sent to the USI community Nov. 21. Interim Art and Design Chair Katie Waters said the department was very pleased to have her join the team in 2002. ...

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