March 22, 2013

Scouting honor well deserved by Dr. Don

For more than 50 years Dr. Don Thomas has served the people of Whitfield County.

As a family physician with Whitfield Medical Professional Associates, he has helped heal and comfort countless people. He has treated multiple generations of many families in this area.

Thomas also served on the Whitfield County Board of Education for 12 years, including 10 as chairman. Thomas helped the school system grow and adapt to changing times and changing students. He was also a leader in the battle to make sure the state adequately and fairly funds school systems across the state.

Thomas later served 14 years in the state Senate, where he helped pass a law banning smoking in most buildings that are open to the public.

On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America Northwest Georgia Council recognized Thomas as its 2013 Distinguished Citizen. It isn’t the first honor “Dr. Don” has received, and it likely won’t be the last. But it has to be one of the most meaningful.

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped young boys develop into men of character. The Scout Law holds that “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.”

All of those adjectives apply to Dr. Don Thomas. He is an inspiration to all of us, and we congratulate him on this latest honor.


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