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July 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Huskies mourn death of longtime athletic department employee Abner Thomas

Abner Thomas (left) greets then-UW coach Keith Gilbertson outside the UW football offices in 2003. (Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times, file)

Abner Thomas (left) greets then-UW coach Keith Gilbertson outside the UW football offices in 2003. (Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times, file)

Abner Thomas, who mentored University of Washington football players as an athletic department special assistant for three decades, died Sunday. He was 86.

Thomas was a beloved figure to generations of UW athletes. In recent years, he met visitors at the gates of UW football practices with a hearty laugh and his signature “all right, all right” greeting.

Thomas was a former supervisor at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and also served as a City Councilor in SeaTac.

A native of Tyler, Texas, Thomas was born on July 4, 1928. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police from 1947 to 1968. He then worked for the Port of Seattle Police and served as airport supervisor until 1989.

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