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Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Career Told in Coffee Mugs

Tomorrow, February 1, 2019 will be my final day as the Chief Information Officer at Scripps Research.  I've enjoyed a charmed career, filled with great jobs at amazing institutions, surrounded by intelligent and interesting people.  It has been 49 years and 10 days since I graduated from the University of Maryland.  How lucky can a person be?

Here is the history told with coffee mugs and (of course) Corvettes!

1970 to 1976.  The University of Maryland: the Office of the President;1959 Corvette.

 1976 to 1990.  Moved to Los Angeles, worked at the University of Southern California, then was Co-Founder of Paciolan Systems in 1980; 1984 Corvette.

1990 to 2000.  The Information Sciences Institute at USC;  Bought and restored 1962 Corvette.

2000 to 2004. Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center; 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette.

2004 to 2008.  Keck Medical School of USC; Restored 1956 Corvette.

2008 to 2019. Scripps Research; 2018 Z06 Corvette.

The End


  1. A brilliant pictorial depicting and exceptional career! Cary, you have seen it all---been there, done that!! A well deserved retirement!!
    Don K

  2. Congratulations on your retirement from an impressively meaningful career. I am reminded of some advice that a friend once shared with me, "Retire early, retire often."

    Bill A.

  3. Looks like you had trouble holding a steady job Cary. Hey, no worries, we still like ya! Congrats!!


  4. I loved the way you told of your upcoming retirement through coffee mugs and Corvettes (especially, Corvettes)! I'm wishing you all the success and happiness on your retirement and the next journey of your life. Maybe it's time to write a follow up on "You Are What You Drive!" Ha! Ha! Continue to enjoy life - always cruise in your Corvettes and remember to "Save the Wave!"

    Best Wishes,

  5. What a great post. I am so very lucky to have had such a great boss and mentor as Cary Thomas help to shape my career and professional growth. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your well earned retirement!!
    (the other) Don King

    1. Thank you, Don. You are a great leader and have the brightest future ahead of you. I will enjoy watching how far you can go! Cary