George, BS '72 and Patricia Thomas, BS '72

George, BS
Northern Arizona University

George and Patricia are enthusiastic about continuing a tradition of excellence at Northern Arizona University through their generous scholarship – the Patricia Duke Thomas Special Education Scholarship. George speaks fondly of meeting Pat in the late sixties while standing in line at NAU’s University Dining Hall; they married soon after. NAU gave them the confidence that prompted success in their careers – George retired from the CIA; Pat from special education. They now reside in Albuquerque. The Thomases trust their scholarship will lead students in special education to realize positive learning experiences just as they had while on the mountain campus. Their recent visit to Flagstaff proved to them that the university has not lost its “flavor.” “NAU is really sensational in its prospecting of young professors who are hitting their stride as professionals.” With supporters like the Thomases, members of the both the Heritage Society and the President’s Associates, NAU’s excellence keeps growing stronger.