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The millionaire bookworm - Feature Stories
June 2013 Issue
Even as he slowly amassed a fortune of nearly $4 million, through owning stock in Georgia-grown companies such as Coca-Cola, and penny-pinching grocery bills, Sidney Samuel Thomas loved splurging on books and the UGA Libraries. Thomas (BBA ’46, MAJ ’50) devoured three to four books a week, even in the days before he died at age 89. Armed with release dates, the voracious reader—and retired librarian—visited Barnes & Noble weekly to buy the newest biographies, novels and other books. “He always had a book. He was consumed until he got finished with the book,” says Thomas’ cousin, Bill McGraw (BSA ’71, MEd ’72). When Thomas died of congestive heart failure in May 2012 he left his fortune, believed to be worth between $3 million and $4 million once the estate is fully settled, to the UGA Libraries. Thomas designated the money be used to buy books and help pay for construction of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Thomas …
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