At Forensic Files® he was jokingly referred to as “the franchise.” Peter was in show business for more than 50 years – narrating Academy Award winning documentaries, television specials, concert performances and commercials.
It was a thrill and honor having him as a part of the Forensic Files® series.
Peter was the son of a Welsh minister and an English schoolteacher, who learned from his parents how to communicate, project, and enunciate. Every night growing up, Peter read stories aloud to his family, which perfected his technique. Peter served this country proudly in World War II with the First Infantry Division in Europe, receiving five battle stars, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Unit French Croix de Guerre. Peter continued to be active in veterans affairs throughout the world throughout his life.
Next time you hear Peter on our show – listen to his delivery carefully. He’s the Babe Ruth of the business. There was no one better.
Below, is a news story tribute to Peter and his humanitarian work”
International College recently honored Peter A. Thomas with the 2004 Humanitarian of the year award. Peter WAS an award-winning narrator for TV, radio, commercials, and film.
Mr. Thomas, named as the first recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Television and Radio Association, also is a World War II Army veteran who served with the First Infantry Division in Europe.
“I think the Humanitarian of the Year Award is the greatest honor that has ever been bestowed upon me,” Thomas said. “I’m particularly honored the award comes from the International College because I relate to the education it provides to its adult learners. I know the sacrifice and dedication it takes for those students to succeed.”
Mr. Thomas was born on June 28, 1924, in Pensacola, to Dr. John D. Thomas and Sibyl Addenbrooke. Mr. Thomas learned the values of history, music, speaking, education, and integrity from his Welsh father, a Presbyterian minister, and his British mother, a schoolteacher from Salisbury. Mr. Thomas acknowledges that memory assignments given to him during his formative years, coupled with his father’s philosophy that “words must be visualized, understood, and felt before spoken,” created the foundation for the gifted narrator he was.
Dedication landed a then 13-year-old Mr.Thomas his first radio job in a daily drama. After graduating from high school in 1943, he joined the Army and was one of 28 replacements sent to Omaha Beach the day after D-Day. The life-altering experience gave him a deeper appreciation for fellow soldiers, his country, and freedom.
Mr. Thomas returned to radio after WWII and attended college as an adult learner through the GI Bill. He also married his high school sweetheart, Stella Barrineau. He eventually left college for a job with CBS television in New York. Thirteen years later, Peter left CBS to pursue freelance narration and documentary work fulltime.
“Peter certainly merits the Humanitarian of the Year honor bestowed upon him by International College. Peter was a person of sterling character who has devoted his life to causes for the advancement of mankind,” said Moorings Presbyterian Church Pastor Emeritus Dr. Charles Webster.
Dolly Roberts, Founder & President of DBR Marketing, said that while Mr. Thomas was a legend in the industry, his humanity was also renowned.
“One of the remarkable things about Peter and Stella was their ability to understand what makes the community special and then work hard to preserve it,” Roberts said. “They are extremely generous with their time. They are the genuine articles. I love them dearly.”
Peter works everyday and has dedicated himself to improving the community through charitable work with Stella. Mr. Thomas also is a devoted veteran, serving as a board member for the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, contributing to the MIA Society and Veterans Council, and organizing the 50th Anniversary Veterans of Naples Parade.
“Peter Thomas was a man of exceptional quality, character, and conviction,” said Dr. William McIntosh, President of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. “Mr. Thomas’ sustained, faithful service to the National D-Day Memorial and the Foundation waw unstinting. It reflects both the patriotism and the generosity of spirit that inform Peter’s life.”
Watch Peter’s 2013 Memorial Day Speech at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC
Read a letter announcing Peter being named “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor.
Read an article, named “Voices From a Murderous Time”, regarding Peter Thomas’ WWII experience.
Read a poem, named “New York”, written by Peter Thomas.
Read a newspaper article about Peter participating at the Patriotic Pops Concert.
Read a newspaper article about Peter speaking at the Ritz Conference.
Read the program from “Sweet Freedom’s Song.” A National D-Day Memorial celebration that Peter was involved in.
Read a newspaper article about Peter and the celebration.
Download the latest news article with Peter Thomas.