Thomas W. Shea

Deceased: 12 May 1971

Under: Obituary

Thomas W. Shea, senior economist in the Economics Department, died in Dhahran on Wednesday, May 12.

Mr. Shea had been with Aramco since June 1959, when he joined the Dhahran staff of the Economics Department as a staff analyst. In January 1962 he was promoted to the position of staff economist. A year later he enrolled under company sponsorship at the Middle East Center for Arab Studies in Shemlan, Lebanon, where he completed that institution's advanced course in the Arabic language with distinction.

Mr. Shea went to the New York Office in the fall of 1965 on a rotational assignment to the Economics Department there. He returned to Dhahran in February 1967 and two years later was named senior economist.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Shea grew up and was educated in Portsmouth, Va. His early college experience included attendance at Duke University, the American University of Beirut, and Benares Hindu University in India, where he was a special student in Indian languages.

In 1950 Mr. Shea returned to the U.S. to begin a lengthy association with the University of Pennsylvania, which awarded him with a B.A. in South Asia Studies and an M.A. in South Asia Studies and Economics, and where he taught courses in Money and Banking and conducted research into the Philadelphia real estate market. From 1957 to 1959 Mr. Shea taught undergraduate courses in Economics at Villanova University while earning a Ph.D. in the same discipline at the University of Pennsylvania on a Ford Foundation Area Studies Fellowship.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy, Mr. Shea is survived by a daughter, Miss Nanci C. Shea, 3712 Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance, Calif., 90504, and his mother, Mrs. T. W. Shea, who resides at 812 North 2nd St., Harrisburg, Pa., 17102.

All I can say is thank you for the kindness, generosity and understanding that has been shown me from all of our friends. My contact address will be c/o Dr. E. Jacobs, 5206 Viz el Serreno, Torrance, Calif. Sincerely, Dorothy Shea.

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