Remembering Sue Thomas
Best known for a TV show about her work for the FBI, Sue Thomas passed away on Dec. 13, 2022.
Sue Thomas speaking in 2011
Sue Thomas became nationally known through a TV series based on her life called Sue Thomas FBEye. She went on to become an author and motivational speaker.
Early Life: Thomas was born in Ohio on May 24, 1950 and became deaf at 18 months of age. At the age of seven, she became the youngest free-style ice skater in Ohio state history.
Health: In 2001, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Education: Thomas studied political science in Springfield College in Massachusetts, biblical studies at Columbia International University in South Carolina and psychology at Case Western Reserve in Ohio.
Career: Thomas worked at the FBI in Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1983, first as a fingerprint examiner. She became the first deaf women to do surveillance work as an undercover lip reader.
Writing: Her autobiography, Silent Night, was published in 1990. Later, she wrote Staying In The Race, which talked about her struggles living with multiple sclerosis.
TV Show: Deaf actress Deanne Bray play Thomas on the TV show Sue Thomas FBEye. Based on Thomas' life, ran on PAX TV from 2002-2005 and has been shown on other cable channels since then. Thomas appeared in two episodes herself.
Ministry: An outspoken Christian, she founded Sue Thomas Ministries which published books, operated a prayer sanctuary in Vermont and offered outreach to the homeless.
Death: Thomas died at the age of 72 on Dec. 13, 2022.
Here's the pilot episode of the TV show:
Sue Thomas speaking in 2011 about her Christmas wish: