Posted on: April 9, 2018
Genevieve June Thomas MD, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on March 20, 2018.
Faith and family were the foundation that carried June from her birth cradle to be cradled in the arms of Christ. A graduate of St. Andrew’s Catholic Schools, June completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science degree from Roanoke College. She further embraced a medical career with degrees from the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia. She started her medical practice at the Melrose Clinic in Roanoke in 1953 followed by an independent general medical practice where she served many in the Roanoke Valley. June chose to pursue a specialization in psychiatry starting in general care then eventually giving her talents directly to child and adolescent psychiatric care. Her career in psychiatric practice was in New York and New Jersey including years with Mount Sinai Hospital.
Upon retirement, she lived in Richmond, then returned to Roanoke. June’s calling to her medical vocation was well served in the hundreds of former patients whom to this day mention her skill, compassion and knowledge as a doctor. Her accomplishments in a time of social demands following World War II, challenges to second generation Lebanese immigrant families, and as a career woman in a period when opportunities for women were just barely beginning to blossom, were astounding, and rightfully brought her family and our community much pride. She was and is a role model for all who knew her.
A lifetime member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, June’s faith was absolute, and her soul knew the Sacred Heart of Our Savior fully. June’s heart was filled with a deep devotion to Our Blessed Mother Mary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.