Dr. Thomas Cripps, a historian of African-American cinema and a retired Morgan State University professor, died of Alzheimer’s disease complications on his 86th birthday, Sept. 17, at Symphony Manor. He was a longtime Bolton Street resident.
Born in Baltimore and raised on West Mosher Street, he was the son of Benjamin F. Cripps, a Baltimore Gas and Electric employee, and his wife Marian F. Leach.
He was a 1950 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and obtained a bachelor’s degree at Towson University and a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Maryland College Park.
As a Polytechnic student, he pitched on the...