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Thorson, James A., 1946-2020

 Person

James A. Thorson was a member of the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1977 until 2010. He was hired to be the first academic coordinator of the fledgling Gerontology Program, and he became its first director/chair two years later. Through his efforts, the program transitioned from reliance on grant funds to state funds with tenure-eligible faculty. He was also instrumental in establishing a graduate degree with the program. The Gerontology Program was upgraded to the Department of Gerontology in 1985, and Thorson served as chair of the department until 2007, when he stepped down to enter a three-year partial retirement program. He published extensively in the field.

Jim Thorson was born in Chicago, IL. He received a B.S. (1967) from the University of Northern Illinois in DeKalb, IL, an M.S. from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Georgia. In 1991, Professor Thorson received the UNO Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity.

He passed away on May 23, 2020, at age 73, survived by his wife Judy.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Jim Thorson Papers

 Collection — Box: All
Identifier: UNO-0120
Scope and Contents

The Jim Thorson Papers is comprised of correspondence, books, and journals, dated from about 1980 until about 1997. Each publication in this collection includes a chapter or article authored by Thorson or another faculty member from the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This collection has not yet been further arranged or described.

Dates: 1980-1997

Ophelia Hayden House Photographs, circa 1926

 File — Box: unnumbered
Scope and Contents Two photographs of the OphePhilia Hayden house located at 200 Elmwood Road, circa 1926. Matted in a single frame.
Dates: circa 1926

Reflections in Time: Interview with James (Jim) Thorson, 2002

 Item
Identifier: UNO-0021-rfit-james-thorson
Scope and Contents In November of 2002, Jim Thorson, University of Nebraska at Omaha Professor (1977-2010) of Gerontology, was interviewed by Jack Newton for Reflections in Time. Professor Jim Thorson was born in Chicago, IL. He received a B.S. (1967) from the University of Northern Illinois in DeKalb, IL, an M.S. from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Georgia. In 1991, Professor Thorson received the UNO Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity.
Dates: 2002