Crown Point native Ron Thomas was honored last month for a lifetime of service at the National Barber Hall of Fame Conference held in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Presented by the National Association of Barber Boards of America, Thomas was added to a list of Hall of Fame barbers dating back decades.
“This is indeed the pinnacle in my profession and I am deeply honored to be selected from barbers across America,” Thomas, 72, said.
A graduate of Chicago’s Ray-Vogue School of Commercial Art, Thomas currently owns and operates Occams Edge Haircutters in Phoenix, Ariz. and has worked side-by-side with male manicurist Betty Grable for 37 years. Appointments are by referral only.
“I have an unlisted phone number and am not in the phone book. I have an eclectic clientele, very enjoyable to work on.”
Thomas received his Masters Barber License in Chicago, and apprenticed in an all-European men’s hair salon.
“I was the first American hired in the Continental Barber Salon system. It has and is still serving me well,” he said. “All of my masters were from European countries. It truly was and is an art form with these gentlemen.”
Thomas has found work in other art mediums as well, illustrating six books and having worked as an editorial sports cartoonist for the Arizona Republic newspaper.
Now living in Phoenix, he has served as president of the Arizona Business Alliance as well as chairman of the Arizona State Board of Barbers.
An avid fisherman, Thomas also was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for casting 14 fly rods simultaneously.