Didier Thomas – 1928- 2019 | Obituary



Didier Octave Thomas was born in Paris, France on September 7, 1928, the youngest of nine children, and died in Schenectady on February 10, 2019. He was the son of the late Octave and Gabrielle Thomas. He studied architecture at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he met Susan Felstiner of Mount Vernon, N.Y. during her junior year abroad. They were married in Mount Vernon on April 26, 1953, and lived in various places over the years in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. After two years service in the U.S. Army, Didier worked in architectural design, urban planning and historic preservation, culminating in ten years as associate director of planning at Harvard University. After retirement, he led a community organization that converted Boston’s landmark 19th century water pumping station into the Waterworks Museum. He is survived by his wife Susan; daughter Katherine Rosenblatt (Michael) of Slingerlands; son Daniel Thomas (Susanne) of Leiden, The Netherlands; and four grandchildren, Rachel, Julien, Joshua and Zachary. A private burial was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in the Beth Emeth Cemetery. Shiva will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the home of Katherine and Michael Rosenblatt, 6 Fife Dr., Slingerlands. Donations in memory of Didier Thomas may be made to the Waterworks Museum waterworksmuseum.org To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit, levinememorialchapel.com