In Memoriam: Thomas J. Gasque (1937-2023)

Thomas Gasque, Ph.D. (Photo:

Thomas J. Gasque, Ph.D. (Photo:

The American Name Society is sad to report the recent passing of one of our oldest and dearest members, Dr. Thomas J. Gasque (Professor Emeritus of the University of South Dakota). Over many decades, Professor Gasque served as a highly respected member of the ANS Executive Council. From Editor-in-Chief of the ANS scholarly journal, NAMES, to ANS President, Professor Gasque’s record of service to the ANS is both long and distinguished. Indeed, long after he retired from the University of South Dakota, he continued to support not only the ANS, but also the international onomastic community. On July 12, 2023, just a few months before celebrating his 86th birthday, Professor Gasque, died in the Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina. The ANS extends its most heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife Alice Tealey Gasque and the entire Gasque family. Professor Gasque will be remembered as a scholar, a mentor, and a true friend. An official obituary for Professor Gasque can be found in NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics volume 71, no. 3: 71-75.