Dave Thomas (Wendy’s) went back to high school in 1993 to get his GED because he was worried that his success as a high school dropout might convince other teenagers to quit school
“Thomas, realizing that his success as a high school dropout might convince other teenagers to quit school (something he later claimed was a mistake), became a student at Coconut Creek High School. He earned a GED in 1993. Thomas was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1999.Thomas was
a Freemason at Sol. D. Bayless Lodge No. 359 Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a member of the Shriners; he received the honorary 33rd degree in 1995. He was also an honorary Kentucky colonel, as was former boss Colonel Sanders. Thomas was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.
On January 8, 2002, Thomas died at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a decade-long battle with Neuroendocrine cancer/Carcinoid cancer that had spread to his liver. He was 69 years old. Thomas was buried in Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. At the time of his death, there were more than 6,000 Wendy’s restaurants operating in North America.”