Lloyd Butler Thomas, a retired construction executive and former longtime Westminster resident, died of respiratory failure Thursday at Carroll Hospital Center. He was 83.
Mr. Thomas was born in Baltimore and raised in Westminster. After graduating from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., in 1943, he enlisted in the Army and served in Europe with the 1st Infantry Division, which was known as the "Big Red One."
After being honorably discharged, he entered Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1951.
In the late 1950s, he went to work for the Thomas, Bennett and Hunter Construction Co., which had been founded by his father, William Frank Thomas, in 1921.
"He started at the bottom of the company and worked up to president," said Westminster resident Bill Fortin, a son-in-law.
Mr. Thomas retired in 1990.
He was a past president of the Westminster Rotary and Forest & Stream clubs. He had served on the board of McDaniel College and Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville, where he had lived for the past three years.
He had also served on the board of the Episcopal Ministry of the Aging, the Davis Library, and the Bowling Brook Preparatory School in Carroll County.
Mr. Thomas enjoyed spending time at a second home in Preston.
He was a communicant of Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 N. Court St., Westminster, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Also surviving are his wife of 32 years, the former Helen Brunk; a son, Jim Thomas of Taneytown; a daughter, Susan Ashley Vogel of Kennett Square, Pa.; a stepson, John C. Buckingham of San Antonio; a stepdaughter, Judy Fortin of Westminster; two sisters, Rebecca Anne Orrick of Baltimore and Betsy Rogers of Honolulu; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, William Frank Thomas, and his wife of 22 years, the former Elizabeth Weech, who died in 1973.