C. Peter Thomas, 46; Sound Engineer Wednesday, May 10, 2006; Page B08
C. Peter Thomas, 46, a sound engineer who worked on feature films, television shows and music videos, died of Lyme disease May 3 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, where he lived.
Mr. Thomas, through his firm, CPT Sound Services Inc., recorded sound for films and documentaries that ranged from "The Coral Reef" to "Iron Jawed Angels" to "Armageddon." He worked on Washington- and Baltimore-based television shows such as "The West Wing," "The Wire," "The District" and "Homicide: Life on the Street."
He was believed to have contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite while shooting "Gods and Generals" in Virginia in 2001, his sister said. Last year, after he became too weak to work on films, he became a real estate agent for the Buyer's Edge in Bethesda.
Christopher Peter Thomas was born in Washington. He spent several years in Florida and then returned to the area and graduated from Gaithersburg High School and Montgomery College.
Mr. Thomas started working in sound on music recordings, engineering and mixing videos for singer Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others. He and several partners owned Yellow Cat Productions on Capitol Hill for several years until Mr. Thomas launched his own business.
He enjoyed history and travel, and his career enabled him to delve into both interests. He worked on underwater sound for Jean-Michel Cousteau Productions and in near-arctic conditions for the Discovery Channel's "Scandinavia" series. He was particularly proud of his work on "Shooting Back -- Photography by Homeless Children," which won a Capital Region Emmy Award in 1990.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Lindsey Thomas of Annapolis; two children, Evan Thomas and Ian Thomas, both of Annapolis; his mother, Caryl Thomas of Montgomery Village; a brother, Jeffrey Thomas of Wellesley Hills, Mass.; and a sister, Gail Thomas of Montgomery Village.