The life of Dr. Thomas A. Nims ended November 7, 2015.
He was a surgical onocologist in Columbus, Ohio.
He was born in Adrian, Michigan, to Delbert A. and Desdelora C. Nims in May 1940.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Janet; a son, Thomas Nims; and two daugthers, Katy Joseph and Jennifer Winston. He leaves a sister, Sonya Scarff; and a brother, Dr. Peter E. Nims of Troy. He had 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dr. Nims grew up in Troy and graduated from Troy High Schol in 1958 as the class salutatorian. He then graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University where he excelled in academics and on the basketball court and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Following that he graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1966 and interned a Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army and worked in a field hospital in South Vietnam. After his military service he completed a surgical residency at Riverside Hospital in Columbus and began a practice in general surgery. After developing an interest in cancer surgergy, he completed a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City. He later specialized in breast cancer treatment in Columbus. He retired from practice in 2007.
Dr. Nims was a dedicated surgeon and was known for spending time with his many patients. He will be fondly remembered by the patients and families of the hundreds of cancer victims he cared for during his years of practice.