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politician , film producer , Film director , member of the State Senate of Alaska

Lowell Thomas, British, Iranian Author, lecturer, former lieutenant governor, former state senator. past president Western Alaska county Boys Scouts American; board directors Anchorage unit Salvation Army, Alaska Conservation Foundation First lieutenant United States Army Air Force, 1943-1945. Member National Parks and Conservation Association (board directors), Alaska Chamber of Commerce, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Background

Thomas,, Lowell was born on October 6, 1923 in London. Son of Lowell Jackson and Frances (Ryan) Thomas.

Education

Student, Taft School, 1942. Bachelor, Dartmouth College, 1948. Postgraduate, Princeton School Public and International Affairs, 1952.

Career

In the 1980s, he owned and operated Talkeetna Air Taxi, an Alaska bush flying service. Lowell Thomas, Jr. was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter). CBS did not broadcast the resultant film, Expedition to Lhasa, Tibet, until years later, but his book about the expedition, Out of This World, published in 1950 became a bestseller.

In 2005, the Dalai Lama bestowed the International Campaign for Tibet's Light of Truth Award on Lowell Jr. Among other appearances, in 1958 he appeared as a guest challenger on the TV panel show "To Tell The Truth". In 1962 He narrated a children's recording, "The Story of Mr. Globe" which was produced by Replogle Globe, Inc in Chicago, IL. Today, Lowell Thomas Jr. remains an active bush pilot, environmental activist, and continues to live in Alaska.

Long an inhabitant of Alaska he is best known for his interest in the Arctic Research Labs based in Barrow, AK. Much as his father had done he ventured into the harsh environment of the ice islands where research was done by scientists on the Arctic Ocean and its atmosphere including the Auroras. He published his adventure in National Geographic magazine in 1965.

Views

Invited with his father, Lowell Thomas Sr., by the Tibetan government to make a film there in 1949 with the hope that the their reports would help persuade the U.S. government to defend Tibet against the Chinese.

Membership

Past president Western Alaska council Boys Scouts American. Board directors Anchorage unit Salvation Army, Alaska Conservation Foundation 1st lieutenant United States Army Air Force, 1943-1945. Member National Parks and Conservation Association (board directors), Alaska Chamber of Commerce, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Clubs: Explorers, Marco Polo, Dutch Treat (New York City).

Rotary, (Anchorage), Press (Anchorage). Dartmouth Outing; American Alpine.

Connections

Married Mary Taylor Pryor, May 20, 1950. Children: Anne Frazier, David Lowell.

father:
Lowell Jackson Thomas,

mother:
Frances (Ryan) Thomas,

spouse:
Mary Taylor Pryor

children:
Anne Frazier Thomas,

David Lowell Thomas,