Lady [Lineke] Thomas, who died 9 December, 2019, aged 89, was the wide of Sir Derek Thomas, KCMG [born 31 Oct, 1929].
Her husband's career as a diplomat was divided between Embassies abroad and spells at the FCO in London. Postings abroad included to 2½ years in Moscow, then Sofia, Manila, Ottawa, Paris, Washington, and finally Rome – where he was Ambassador to Italy. For one spell in London before going to Paris, he was seconded to the Treasury to learn about international financial issues.
After retirement from the FCO, Sir Derek was recruited in 1990 by N. M. Rothschild and Sons and spent 14 years as adviser to the Chairman on the development of the bank’s European business, particularly in Eastern and Central Europe.
Her daughter, Caroline, married in 1988, Sir Charles Gladstone, 8th Baronet [born 11 Apr, 1964].