Gerry Thomas

 

 

Age: 83

 

Summary: food-service salesman who invented the TV dinner while working for C.A. Swanson & Sons in 1954, who was inspired to propose packing frozen food on a metal tray leading to sales of 10 million dinners during Swanson's first year of distribution across the U.S. and helping to transform Swanson from a poultry company into a major frozen-food manufacturer, and whose original metal tray is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cancer

 

Born: 1922

 

Died: July 21, 2005

 

Location: Phoenix, Arizona