Historic Markers Across Alabama



Thrasher Memorial Fountain



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Location: at the intersection of Monroe Street and Williams Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 43.556    W 086° 35.362
  34.72593333    -86.58936666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Thrasher Memorial Fountain

Tom Goodman Thrasher
August 4, 1916
December 19, 1999


-Grew up in Birmingham, Alabama
-Studied Engineering at the University of Alabama in Tuscalossa
-Married the former Dorothy Wright of Belmont, Mississippi
-Served in the Army in North Africa and European Theater during WWII and was discharge as a Lieutenant Colonel in March 1946
-Opened Thrasher Oil Company in Huntsville under a Shell Oil company Franchise in 1946
-Served as Executive Officer at Redstone Arsenal from May 1951 until October 1952
-Appointed by President Kennedy to the National USO Board from 1961-1964
-Awarded the distinguished Citizen Service Medal, the highest honor that the U.S. Army can give to a Civilian, in 1995
-Appointed to the U.S. Army Civilian Advisory Committee, Third Army Area Headquarters, in 1958
-Served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Alabama Chamber of Commerce
-Appointed to the City of Huntsville School Board from 1952-1961 and was President for two years
-Served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Huntsville Industrial Expansion Committee
-Served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Industrial Development Board
-Served as Co-Chariman of the Huntsville
-U.S. Army Community Relations Committee from 1960-1996 -Served on the NASA Local Advisory Committee
-Served as Director of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce
-Served as Chairman of the Madison County Oil Distributors Association
-Served on the Board and as President of the Tennessee Valley Association of the U.S. Army
-Served as Chairman of the Von Braun Civic Center and Visitors Bureau Board of Control from 1974-1990
-Served as Chairman of the Huntsville Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Control from 1976-1990
-Was a Founding member and Vice Chairman of the University of Alabama in Huntsville Foundation
-Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from the University of Alabama in Huntsville 1976
-Awarded Huntsville Outstanding Citizen of the year in 1985







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