Remembering Franke Thomas

Outward Bound Adventures, Inc. is sad to announce the passing of Franke Thomas. Under the tutelage of our founders, Franke was one of the first counselors on our wilderness adventures. As a youth and young man, he demonstrated exceptional leadership capacity, wilderness competence, compassion and a desire to help the youth we serve find avenues to achievement. His example has inspired hundreds of OBA participants for decades.

After his years with OBA Franke went on to teach young people about biology and environmental science and worked as a school administrator around the world – In South Africa, Singapore, Scotland, and Zimbabwe. His life has truly had global impact that will continue long beyond his sojourn into the next realms. His success leading OBA courses influenced his path in life, as has been the case with many other OBA participants whose lives Franke touched.

The entire Thomas Family has been an anchor for the OBA family. Charles Thomas, the current OBA executive director, has been at the helm of the organization for more than 15 years. We can always depend on Lark to lead youth programs and help plan fund raising events. Franke’s other siblings are consistent contributors of goodwill and material and financial support. Nieces Egeria and Faun, second generation OBAer’s, have participated in the OBA Youth Advisory Counsel.

Franke will be missed and his spirit will always help guide OBA in fulfilling our mission to provide meaningful outdoor education and environmental career preparation to underserved urban youth. The OBA family extends its condolences to the Thomas Family and everyone who is experiencing this loss of a great human being, especially his three children, Derek Yost, Mariko Thomas, and Micah Thomas, and his beloved wife, Carrie Thomas (née Higgins).