(1920 - July 21, 2005), also known as Shirley Thomas Perkins, Shirley Thomas Perkins, 85; USC Teacher Quit Career in Radio, TV to Write on Exploration of Space was a radio/television actress/writer/producer, author, and professor in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. In 2010, The Aerospace Historical Society established the Shirley Thomas Academic Scholarship. It is "presented annually at the International von Kármán Wings Award banquet to a student in aerospace engineering or a related science that shows promise for continued future contributions to the field." Shirley Thomas Academic Scholarship
(born 15 June 1963) is a retired British sprinter who competed mainly in the 100m and 4x100m relay. Her best result was a silver medal in the very first World Championship sprint relay final, anchoring the team that also included Joan Baptiste, Kathy Cook, and Beverley Callender. The British team held the lead into the last changeover but was overtaken by the East German team, led by the newly crowned 100m World Champion Marlies Göhr. The British time of 42.71 was just 0.02 ahead of the fast-finishing Jamaican team. Thomas had also helped the British team achieve a silver medal at the European Championships the year before.