Thomas has conducted the UC Davis University Chorus, Alumni Chorus and Chamber Singers. Additionally, he is an experienced educator having taught at both Oberlin Conservatory Baroque Performance Institute and Manhattan School of Music.
The book begins by depicting life on Thomas’ plantation “Peru.” Thomas romanticizes slavery and writes that while freedom is wonderful, his family misses “merry shouts” of slave work songs.
Early Life and Education
Viva Thomas was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended an all-girls high school that was integrated racially. Thomas excelled academically and was encouraged by her teachers to enroll in advanced math courses; eventually enrolling at Morgan State College where she became one of the first women majoring in physics.
In 1980, she received a patent for her Illusion Transmitter which produces what is known as holographic images which can be seen without special glasses. Her work helped NASA develop image processing systems for satellites.
She retired as associate chief of the Space Science Data Operations Office from Goddard Space Flight Center in 1995, and passed away at Frazee Care Center in Minnesota two months later at 101.
Thomas first met Alfred Blalock as his laboratory assistant and research associate at Vanderbilt University, but when Blalock relocated to Johns Hopkins he asked Thomas to accompany him; there he became his surgical assistant and assisted in pioneering tetralogy operations.
He co-created and co-wrote for the popular sketch comedy series, The State, on MTV for three seasons and received an Ace Award nomination as best comedy series. Additionally, he wrote for television programs Viva Variety and Reno 911!.
He married Christine Parker in 1993 and they have three children together. In 2013, he was catfished by a woman posing as an adult film star who attempted to expose his infidelity; as a result of this incident he took anger management classes before ultimately leaving Criminal Minds after attacking one of its writers.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas has provided coaching support to several University of Tennessee Championship Track and Field teams, helping her athletes break school and conference records while qualifying them to compete in NCAA national championships.
She is also an advocate of the Maori language, believing it to be essential that indigenous people can communicate in their native tongue when dealing with justice systems.
Thomas has earned many honors and awards for her groundbreaking research in surgical shock and cardiovascular surgery. This work continues to be utilized today across surgical theaters worldwide. Johns Hopkins University awarded Thomas an honorary doctorate degree in 1976. Her groundbreaking research in shock surgery and cardiovascular surgery can still be seen being utilized today in operating rooms worldwide.
Thomas Larkin possesses an extensive vocal range and is frequently sought out to voice characters for video games, animations and commercial voiceovers. Additionally, he regularly performs on stage as an entertainer as well as having numerous film credits under his belt.
At Boston he met an Army officer whom he started dating; soon thereafter they announced their engagement; however, she was devastated to learn he was being sent west for service in Indian Territory at Fort Gibson.
He conducted groundbreaking research on surgical shock and Crush syndrome at Blalock’s lab during the 1930s, despite institutional racism; he was treated as a researcher and allowed access to the operating room despite all odds; this work saved thousands of soldiers in World War II.
Viva Thomas has amassed her fortune through acting roles in comedies and films, screenwriting projects, publishing a novel, screenplay writing expertise and more. Viva currently resides with her husband in Los Angeles.
She has received multiple awards and nominations for her work as an actress, possessing talent as well as a pleasant sense of humor. Working in the industry for such a long period has enabled her to gain invaluable experience.
Reno 911! has earned her many nominations and awards over time; including being nominated for cable Ace awards and winning numerous awards for her co-creation role on Reno 911!. Her husband is a professional basketball player.