Douglas Paul Thomas, 65, died peacefully of metastatic melanoma at his home in Chapel Hill on Friday, August 2, with his partner of over 30 years and legal spouse of three days Gordon Lipscomb at his side. Doug was born in Oakland, California, grew up in the Bay Area, and graduated from UC-Berkeley and UT-Austin. He also completed graduate certificates in public health at UNC-CH. Doug spent his early adult years in his beloved Indonesia, and Gordon and Doug lived in Kuwait and Indonesia before settling in Chapel Hill 21 years ago. Doug was passionate about many things, including public health, and he believed strongly in the projects that he worked on at the Duke Center for Health Policy and Research, promoting mental health and substance abuse services for those living with HIV.
Doug was predeceased by his parents Dorothea and Stephen Thomas. In addition to his partner, Doug is survived by his brothers, Stephen Thomas IV (and wife Jane Thomas) of Pacific Grove, California, Don Thomas of Moscow, Idaho, and his sister Suzanne Thomas of Arlington, Virginia. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Stephen Thomas V, Celina Thomas, Scott Thomas and Sally Thomas, and great nephews Stephen Thomas VI and MacKenzie Thomas. Doug was also deeply loved as a son, brother, uncle and cousin by his partner's extended family.
Arrangements are by Cremation Society of the Carolinas. Condolences may be expressed at CremationSocietyNC.com. Per Doug's wishes, there will be no memorial service; however, memorial donations may be made to help those living with HIV to:
Global Connections for Change/for The Care Fund
c/o Alice Ratliff, Treasurer
53 Green Mill Lane
Durham, NC 27707