May 29, 1985

The President today announced his intention to designate L.E. (Tommy) Thomas to be a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy for the term expiring December 30, 1987. He would succeed Bernard E. Smith, Jr.

Mr. Thomas has been in the car dealership business since 1951 and currently is the owner of Tommy Thomas Chevrolet in Panama City, FL. He has served as president of the Alabama Automobile Dealers Association (1962); president, Birmingham Sales Executives Club (1963); and president of the Oneonta Chamber of Commerce (1964). He was awarded the Silver Knight award by the National Management Association for his efforts on behalf of the free enterprise system.

Mr. Thomas graduated from Aviation Mechanics and Aerial Gunnery School at Jacksonville Naval Air Station (1943). He served in the U.S. Marines (1943 - 1945) and in the Reserves (1947 - 1950). He is married, has three children, and resides in Panama City, FL. He was born July 7, 1925, in Elmira, NY.