Isabel Thomes

Language Faculty

Miss Thomes Dies Suddenly Instructor Here For 23 Years Miss Isabel Thomes, 53, associate professor of Spanish and French, was found dead in her apartment at 1221 West Twenty-third Street, Cedar Falls, at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 1941.  Instant death, without suffering, was caused by a heart ailment of which she had known for several years. The body was discovered by Miss Mary B. Hunter, associate professor of economics, and Miss Lillian V. Lambert, professor of English, both having apartments in the same building. Miss Thomes was born September 4, 1888, at Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  She received her B. A. degree from the University of Kansas and her M. A. from the University of Michigan.  Before coming to Teachers College in 1918, she taught in the schools of Puerto Rico, New Mexico, and at the University of Nebraska.  She had travelled extensively in Europe and Central America. Surviving relatives are four sisters:  Helen and Marie Thomes, both of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Alex Cochran of Puerto Rico, now visiting at Kansas City, and Edith, now married, of San Francisco, California. Reverend John H. Sansom, rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Cedar Falls, offered prayers Tuesday night before the body was taken to Kansas City by train.  Miss Marguerite Uttley, associate professor of geography, and Miss Ann Stuart Duncan, librarian, accompanied the body. Adapted from an article in the College Eye, November 14, 1941, page 1.