Thomas Strode was an esteemed inventor and owner of three patents for adding machines. Additionally, he held patents on other innovations, such as calendar clocks, machines for boring holes, excavators and grain winnowers and weighers.
Simeon Bozic was found guilty in November for first-degree murder, robbery and arson; his life sentence has already begun.
Early Life and Education
Strode was known by his street nickname, Napoleon. He charmed himself into Asia Adams’s life at West Chester University before her brutal murder at her Germantown home last week by him and Simeon Bozic, whom police suspect of beating, stabbing, slitting her throat and burning her body.
Strode had appeared as a guest star on two episodes of Rawhide, portraying an Australian aborigine and buffalo soldier respectively. Additionally, for director Budd Boetticher in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Pompey John Wayne’s hired hand who rescues him from his burning home.
Strode was known for his clear reporting on life issues such as bioethics and religious freedom for Baptist Press during his years as editor. He frequently attended Supreme Court oral arguments and White House events.
Strode was the son of a Baptist minister and an accomplished athlete at UCLA. Alongside teammate Kenny Washington, Strode became one of the first black players in the modern National Football League (which only permitted black players until 1946). Additionally, he won decathlon at 1936 Olympic Games; joined Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity; became popular nude model for Hubert Stowitt’s athletic portrait collection; won decathlon and Olympic decathlon medals during 1936 Olympics; became part of Hubert Stowitt’s famous collection.
Errol Flynn made his screen debut in Sundown (1941), and would go on to star in more films as the decade progressed. He played African warriors in City Beneath the Sea and The Royal African Rifles before portraying both an American soldier and Congo native character in 1959’s Western Pork Chop Hill.
Achievement and Honors
Strode has presented at several academic conferences, and his work has been published in multiple journals. Furthermore, he regularly contributes to sport sociology through teaching, research and service activities.
Academic achievements also earned him several accolades, including the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for leadership and sportsmanship, two-time All-Southeastern Conference honoree status, as well as various academic awards from across his tenure at Arkansas.
Strode was ever-faithful to his beloved wife until her passing in January 2015. He leaves two children behind: Kathryn Strode Downs of Stafford, Virginia and Thomas Corkill Strode from North Little Rock; as well as one cherished grandchild and several siblings including Connie Corkill Fuller from Pine Bluff.
As part of their investigation into Simeon, police discovered his real name was Thomas Strode. To discover this further, April Strode (Napoleon’s prior wife), was tracked down and revealed she and Simeon had only been married a short time before she told authorities he was violent toward her and even threatened with using a knife against her.
Strode was found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder and related offenses for the 2004 killing of Adams. As jurors read their verdicts aloud, Strode did not react at all and agreed to waive his appellate rights in exchange for not seeking death penalties against him. He is currently serving his life sentence at state prison in Coatesville; in addition, Strode has earned several patents for his inventions such as three calculating devices and two circular stylus-operated adding machines that he invented himself.
Thomas Strode had amassed an estimated net worth of $18 Million as of 2022, through his income as a TV Actress. However, he prefers keeping his personal life private, rarely discussing details regarding relationships or potential mates.
As part of the UCLA Bruins football team, he helped break the color barrier in major college athletics (along with teammate Marion Motley who would go on to join what is now known as the National Football League).
He made numerous Western film appearances, such as Sundown (1941) as an indigenous police officer; Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) as a jazz singer; and Spartacus (1960) where his death provokes a slave revolt. Additionally he featured prominently on several episodes of Ron Ely Tarzan television series.