C. Maston Thomas, 93, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
Maston was born in Bamburg, S.C., April 30, 1919, and moved to Florida in 1925.
He graduated from St. Petersburg Jr. College in 1938, and Georgetown, Ky., College in 1940, where he was a member of the KA fraternity. He received his Master’s in Industrial Management from MIT in 1951, on a Sloan fellowship program. Maston joined the U.S. Navy in 1940, where he rose to Lt. Commander and served in North Africa, taking part in three Mediterranean invasions (Sicily, Naples and Sardinia) during World War II. During his active service, he married Jacqueline Carico (a WAVE Ensign) in 1943. In 1944, he returned to the U.S., where he taught, and was head of, the seamanship program at Notre Dame University. Following his war service, Maston joined AT&T, where he spent 38 years as an executive. He was comptroller of Bellcomm, which provided NASA with technical support to put the first man on the moon. He was treasurer of several AT&T subsidiaries throughout the United States, Canada and Cuba. Maston retired in 1978, and returned to Florida from the New York area, and settled in Port Charlotte, where he enjoyed golf and other sports. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and the American Legion.
Survivors include his daughter, Jacqueline (Dr. Richard) Thomas-Pitz of Punta Gorda Isles, Fla.; sons, Charles Maston (Jeannine) Thomas Jr. of Miami, Fla., and retired Maj. Jules (Susan) Thomas of Columbus, Miss.; his two grandchildren, Kelly and Robby Thomas; and sisters, Katie Hornack and Elise Ewart. Maston’s wife of 50 years, Jacqueline “Jac,” preceded him in death in 2002.
To light a candle in his memory, please visit www.kays-ponger.com.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte Chapel.