Dr. Harold D Thomas, Jr, 94 years old, joined his beloved wife Georgiann (Stauffer), mother, father and
sister-in-law in Paradise on March 9, 2022.
Harold was born in Pittsburgh on December 7, 1927, spent most of his life in Beaver County, PA and
graduated from Ambridge High School in 1945. He entered the Navy Reserve on VJ day and was active
duty as a hospital corpsman stationed in various areas, mostly in Barber Point Naval Air Station in
Hawaii. He was honorably discharged on February 17, 1947. The day after his discharge, he entered the
pre-med program at the University of Pittsburgh, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology
in 3 years, 1950. He was a member of the Pre-Med Honorary Society. During those years, he commuted
daily from Baden to Oakland and worked summers at the Pennsylvania Railroad in Conway. He entered
Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1950 and graduated in 1954 with his
Medical Degree. He continued to commute daily to Oakland and worked weekends and summers at J&L
Steel Company in the seamless tube department. After completing his internship rotation at Reading
Hospital, PA, he returned to Aliquippa and opened a General Practice on September 15, 1955. He had a
successful practice for 36 years at 2113 Irwin St in Aliquippa, PA. He had a gratifying experience with his
loyal gracious patients. He delivered 1,600 babies and attended to most of the children he delivered. In
addition to the deliveries, he practiced general medicine including house calls, minor surgeries, simple
fractures, and assisted in surgeries for all of his surgical patients.
A fellow physician talked him into considering a pilot’s license after providing a ride in his private plane.
He instantly became passionate about flying, and while tending to his busy practice, received his private
pilot’s license followed by a multi-engine instrument rating and bought his own multi-engine Cessna
Skymaster which he finally donated to the Georgia Civil Air patrol. He then bought a sports car and
started flat track racing, which he continued until 2012.
After 36 years of practice, he closed his Aliquippa office in 1991 and moved to St. Simons Island where
he practiced medicine for another 15 years. He played golf, tennis and flew his plane often. His beloved
wife passed in 2003 in Georgia. He retired in 2005 and returned to Beaver County where he built a
house in Center Township. Since returning to Western PA, he has enjoyed golf and flat track racing
while caring for his precious West Highland Terrier, Bonnie, and attended Monaca Methodist Church.
He was past President of Aliquippa Medical staff, Past President of Beaver County Medical Society, a
member of PA Medical Society, AMA, American Academy of Family Practice, Fellow of FAAFP and was a
medical examiner for the FAA.
He is survived by his 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren as well as his sister-in-law
Sharon Stauffer and son Jason. His son Harold D Thomas, III, M.D. and his wife Valerie (MD). of Concord,
NC and their children Harold Thomas (wife Mackenzie, daughters Veda and Adele), Vanessa Thomas
(MD) (husband Jon Reidy and son Finn) and Veronica Thomas (husband Colin McWilliams and son Jack).
His son Jeffery Thomas and his wife Lisa and their children Jeffery Thomas (wife Julie and their daughters
Hazel and Violet) and son Aaron Thomas (his fiancée Alli and his son Van). His daughter Kimberly Litz
and her husband Alan, daughters Sara Bell (husband Andrew, J.D., daughter Emily), Hannah and Alan’s
Many thanks to Home Instead for their unconditional care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital P.O. Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101. A
memorial service will be held at Monaca United Methodist Church on April 1 with a viewing from 9:00
am to 11:00 am and a service immediately following.