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R. David Thomas

Hall of Fame Class of /Taxonomy/Topics/All Topics/Department Of Veterans Services/Hall of Fame/Honorees/1996

R. David Thomas
  • Adopted at six weeks by Rex and Auvela Thomas from Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Joined U. S. Army at age 18; stationed in Frankfurt Germany, and was one of the youngest managers of an Enlisted Men's Club
  • Opened first Wendy's Old Fashioned hamburgers restaurant November 15, 1969 in Columbus; began franchising the Wendy's concept in 1973
  • Enthusiastic supporter of charities including: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Children's Hospital in Columbus, Recreation Unlimited, The Ohio State University Cancer Research Institute and the Children's Home Society of Florida
  • Established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992