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Terry L. Thomason, Ph.D.

ThomasonDr. Thomason came to URI in 1999 to assume the role as the Director of the URI Labor Research Center.  Terry was Director of the Schmidt Labor Research Center and a professor at the University of Rhode Island since 1999.  He was on the faculty of McGill University from 1988 until 1999.  Terry held undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Alabama and received a Ph.D. in
Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1989.

Terry's research interests included workers' compensation, workplace safety and health, and public sector collective bargaining.  His recent publications include Workers' Compensation: Benefits, Costs, and Safety under Alternative Insurance Arrangements (Upjohn Institute 2001) with Timothy Schmidle and John Burton.  He and Silvana Pozzebon wrote "Determinants of Firm Workplace Health and Safety and Claims Management Practices," which appeared in the January 2002 issue of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review.  Terry authored or co-authored over forty journal articles, book chapters, or other publications.       

Terry was active in the Industrial Relations Research Association. Terry contributed chapters to several of the IRRA annual research volumes; he co-edited (with Douglas Hyatt and John Burton) the 1998 IRRA research volume on New Approaches to Disability in the Workplace; and Terry and John Burton are co-authors of a chapter that will appear in the 2003 IRRA research volume on public sector bargaining.  Terry was also a member of the IRRA Editorial Committee.        

Terry was a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and served on the Academy's Steering Committee on Workers' Compensation.  He was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Workers' Compensation Research Group.  He served as an expert witness, a consultant to several
organizations (including the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board), and as a referee for several professional journals.            

Terry Thomason died on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at his home in Newport, Rhode Island after a long struggle with cancer.  He was born in Inglewood, California on November 18, 1950 and was 51 at the time of his death.  Most of all, Terry was a great man and a gentle spirit.  We are very saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague.  He will be deeply missed at URI and throughout the community.  Our sincerest condolences go to Terry's family.