New York Times

Former Member of University of Chicago Faculty Lectured Here and at Harvard.

Special to the New York Times

Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 6 — Dr. William Isaac Thomas, sociologist, who spent twenty-three years on the University of Chicago faculty, died in his home here last night. His age was 84.

Born in Virginia, Dr. Thomas was educated at the Universities of Tennessee, Chicago, Berlin and Goettingen. After, leaving the University of Chicago in 1918 as a Professor of Sociology he lectured at the New School for Social Research and at Harvard University.

His writings include “Sex and Society,” “The Polish Peasant in Europe and America” and “Primitive Behavior.” He and his second wife, Dr. Dorothy Swain Thomas, Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of California, wrote “The Child in America.” His first wife was Harriet Park Thomas, one of the founders of the Woman’s Peace party.

Dr. Thomas was a former president of the American Sociological Society, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Stockholm Golf and Claremont Country Clubs.


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