Thomas J. Bass Is Honored For Serving As Mentor To Ypsilanti Youth, March 1991 Photographer: Mark Mueller
Ann Arbor News, March 19, 1956
FINAL MEDICAL FORUM PANEL: Fine of the six Washtenaw county doctors who will participate in the final Medical Forum on "Change of Life in Men and Women" are shown here. They are (left to right) Drs. Marcia Potter, Thomas J. Bass, George S. Sayre, C. W. Spears and J. J. Woods, all of Ypsilanti. Dr. Lyle Elliott, also of Ypsilanti, was not present when the picture was taken. The forum will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Ypsilanti High School auditorium.
Ypsilanti Hosts Appreciation Banquet For Thomas and Louise Bass, December 1979 Photographer: Larry E. Wright
Ann Arbor News, December 9, 1979
Dr. and Mrs. Bass are honored by community
Michael Thomas Bass was born in 1945 to Thomas and Louise Bass. His parents–a doctor and a teacher–were influential members of Ypsilanti’s Black community. Bass excelled in football, basketball, and track. He was senior class president of Ypsilanti High School in 1963. He received a BA in Education from the University of Michigan. Bass is best known for playing in the National Football League for the Washington Commanders (formerly Redskins) from 1969 to 1975. After retiring from the NFL, Bass ran a resort in the Bahamas. He and his wife Rosita now reside in Florida and they have two daughters, Kimberly and Louise.
Leah Bass-Baylis was born in 1954 in Ypsilanti. Her parents Thomas and Louise Bass–a doctor and teacher–were influential members of Ypsilanti’s Black community. She studied dance at Ypsilanti’s Randazzo Dance Theater and graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1976. She also holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Southern California. Bass-Baylis was a dancer and choreographer for many Broadway shows, including performing in The Tap Dance Kid. In her later career as an administrator, she developed arts education programs in Los Angeles. She and her husband Doug Baylis have four children.
Thomas Bass, Founder of Huron Valley Boys & Girls Club Is Honored, March 11, 1991 Photographer: Mark Mueller
Ypsilanti Press, March 11, 1991
Bass is a founder and longtime board member of the Huron Valley Boys and Girls Club.