Marvin Lomax (1928-2010)
A change of profession would also change the history of Marvin Lomax and the students he taught at the University of Tulsa for 28 years.
Lomax graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in chemistry and worked for a decade as a research chemist at a local oil company. At age 32 he decided to follow his passion for history and returned to school to become a college history professor. Within three years he obtained his doctorate and began a new career in academics.
Marvin M. Lomax Jr., History, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, a former University of Tulsa associate dean, history professor and a noted expert on medieval and Egyptian history, passed on July 20, 2010 at age 82.
"I had always had a fascination for ruins, but it never dawned on me I could make a living at it," Lomax told the Tulsa World in 1982.
A native of Cherryvale, Kansas, and a 1945 graduate of Tulsa Central High School, Marvin Lomax recieved his doctorate from the University of New Mexico. He taught at Northeastern State University before moving to the University of Tulsa in 1966. He retired from TU in 1994 as a professor emeritus. While at TU Lomax was president of the Faculty Senate and served on the Tulsa City-County Library Board. Lomax enjoyed his travels around the world with his most enjoyable in Egypt floating the Nile River.
Lomax was also a serious model train enthusiast. He devoted an entire room in his house for this hobby. Traveling by rail whenever he got the chance, Lomax was once part of a group that tried to bring passenger rail service to Oklahoma.
Lomax is survived by a brother, David Lomax.