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University mourns death of employee Tim Thomasson

Fri, 08/16/2013

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Director of Facilities Services Jay Phillips issued the following statements regarding the death of employee Tim Thomasson.
 
Gray-Little: “On behalf of the entire university community, I offer deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Tim Thomasson. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
 
Phillips: “Tim’s death was sad news for all of us. He was a longtime member of our Facilities Services family, as is his wife, Teresa, who works in the FS administration building. It is with the saddest of hearts that I send condolences to Teresa, their sons and the entire family.”
 
Thomasson, 46, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, at home. He was a supervisor in the Facilities Services department for 12 years. He was a skilled carpenter.
 
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. A commemorative fund has been established in his name. Donations can be made out to “Thomasson memorial fund” and sent to KU Credit Union, Attn: Ms. Ashley Benes, 3400 W. Sixth St., Lawrence KS 66049. Donations also will be collected at the FS administration building for deposit in the fund.



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