Mary McC. Thomas, a homemaker and longtime active member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Women’s Board, dies

Mary McC. Thomas, a homemaker and longtime active member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Women’s Board, died Oct. 31 of complications from a stroke at her Brightwood Retirement Community home in Lutherville. The former Ruxton resident was 95.

Mary McCormick was the daughter of Dean McCormick, a broker with McCormick & Co., a Chicago brokerage firm, and Phyllis McCormick, a homemaker. Mrs. Thomas was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois, where she graduated from Highland Park High School.


She was a graduate of Pine Manor Junior College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College.

She was married in 1950 to James Richard Thomas, an Equitable Life Assurance Society representative, and settled in Ruxton, where they raised their four children.


Mrs. Thomas was a longtime active member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Women’s Board and served as its president from 1978 to 1981.

Mary McC. Thomas enjoyed traveling and reading.

She and her husband shared a love for Squirrel Island, Maine, where they owned a second home and spent summers. Her husband had been president of the Squirrel Island Preservation Foundation, a trustee of the Squirrel Island Chapel and chairman of the Squirrel Island Board of Overseers.

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Mr. Thomas died in 2020.

In addition to enjoying travel, she was an avid reader.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Mrs. Thomas was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, where she sang in the choir.

“It’s hard to name all the ways in which Mary excelled,” said Dr. William F. Fritz, a retired Baltimore internist and longtime friend. “Her skills ranged from cooking to heading the women’s board at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, but her number-one priority was always her family. "

Dr. Fritz added: “Her keen mind and quick wit made her ever-ready to enjoy a good book or a good laugh. Nobody was ever a more delightful companion nor was anybody a more faithful and trusted friend.”

A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on Carrollton and Boyce avenues in Ruxton.


Mrs. Thomas is survived by three sons, J. Richard Thomas of Ruxton, Henry B. Thomas of Woodbrook, and William M. Thomas of Freeport, Maine; a daughter, Mary Stuart Thomas Gillespie of Chaptico; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.