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Clayton Lay Thomas


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Clayton Lay Thomas Obituary
December 23, 1921 - February 6, 2016 Physician, Lexicographer, Aeronaut, Dies at 94 Dr. Thomas received his MD at the Medical College of Virginia and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. After being a flight surgeon in the US Navy, he became Medical Director and Vice President of Tambrands, Inc. This led to his involvement with the US Olympic Team and the annual Boston Marathon. Dr. Thomas was most proud of being Editor of Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. He founded the Balloon School of MA and was recently inducted into the US Ballooning Hall of Fame. In 1983 he and his wife were the only Americans taken hostage aboard a Air France flight which was hijacked to Teheran, Iran. Clayton was singled out and forced to kneel down on the tarmac while a gun was fired by his head. After five days, the terrorists surrendered and the hostages released. Dr. Thomas leaves behind his wife Margaret and his four children: son Robert and his wife Carey Shefte, of VA, son Clayton of CO, daughter Wendy of MA and daughter Gwynne, her husband Richard Trutanic and step grand-son Nicholas, all of Santa Monica, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2016
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