Engineer Leonard W. Thomas Sr. Dies
February 7, 2007 at 5:50 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of radio engineer LEONARD W. THOMAS SR., who died JANUARY 31 of pneumonia and renal failure in WASHINGTON, DC at 97.
The WASHINGTON POST reports that THOMAS started at WAPI-A/BIRMINGHAM and moved to WJSV-A (now WTWP-A)/WASHINGTON in 1939, where he engineered local and CBS network shows like ARTHUR GODFREY's and KATE SMITH's. Leaving in 1942 to join the NAVY's Bureau of Ships, he developed technology to eliminate RF interference in military equipment, leading to the creation of an interference-free radar system. He later worked for the Department of Defense at the ELCTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY ANALYSIS CENTER in ANNAPOLIS, retiring in 1970 and becoming a consulting engineer.