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Thomas Gilmore, art emeritus, dies Dec. 15


Thomas J. Gilmore, professor emeritus of art, died Dec. 15 of kidney failure, with heart and pulmonary complications. The Oxford resident was 87.

Gilmore taught at Miami from 1961-1990. He was nominated for Miami's Effective Educator Award several times and for the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1987. His design graduates earned numerous grants, internships and awards, and were sought after to work in a variety of design-related fields.

After World War II service in the Army Air Forces, Gilmore attended the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in textile design and graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1950.

Before coming to Miami, Gilmore was a colorist with Bates Fabrics 1950-52 and a colorist and designer and then director of art and design of the shirting-sportswear division for Dan River Mills, 1952-1961.

Gilmore returned to Manhattan during summers throughout the 1960s to continue working as a designer and consultant in the textile industry. In addition to his work with textiles and design, Tom was a lifelong photography enthusiast, leaving a large photographic archive.

Survivors include his son and best friend, Mark; daughter-in-law, Gylaine Lintner Gilmore; a sister; a brother; former wife, Melba Gilmore Scotford; eight nieces; and 15 nephews.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Oxford Community Arts Center (, VITAS Hospice Charitable Fund (, or the Future Care Fund for Benevolent Care Needs of Residents of The Knolls of Oxford (

Visitation will be held 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, 5086 College Corner Pike (U.S. Route 27), (513) 523-4411.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday Dec. 22, at St. Mary Church, 111 East High St.,

Burial will follow the church service at Oxford Cemetery, 4385 Oxford Millville Road (U.S. Route 27), Oxford. A reception will follow burial, location to be announced.

Condolences may be given online at


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