Marilynn J. Thoma, MBA '74
Van Duzer Vineyards LLC
Marilynn Thoma is co-proprietor of Van Duzer Vineyards, an 80-acre estate winery in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, that produces pinot noir and pinot gris, where she oversees all creative projects. Van Duzer has been recognized among the Wine Spectator annual Top 100 Wines and attains 90+ ratings from Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.
Upon graduation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1974, Ms. Thoma joined Quaker Oats in Chicago in consumer goods marketing. She subsequently served as vice president of marketing for Cellular Network and Proxy Communications. At present, she heads the Thoma family office in Chicago. Long active in nonprofit organizations. Ms. Thoma serves on the boards of multiple local and national cultural organizations. She led the capital campaign that placed Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier and serves on the executive committee. She is vice chair of the Chicago Humanities Festival and Terra Foundation for American Art, where she also heads the collection committee. Ms. Thoma is a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Women’s Board. She serves on the board of the New Mexico Museums Foundation and Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center Director’s Advisory Board.
In line with their philanthropic interests, in 2002 Ms. Thoma and her husband, Carl (MBA ’73), endowed the Thoma Professorship of Operations, Information and Technology held by Professor Hau Lee, and more recently, the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Chair in art and the humanities at Stanford. Graduates of Oklahoma State University, Ms. Thoma and her husband have endowed a chair and provided seed funds for three academic initiatives there.
Ms. Thoma and her husband are active collectors of art. Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center organized a 2006 to 2008 exhibition of the Thomas’ Spanish Colonial collection titled “The Virgin, Saints, and Angels” that toured six international venues.
The Thomas reside in Chicago, Santa Fe, and Napa Valley. Their two children graduated from Stanford in 2005.