About the Author


Cary Thomas was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. He attended High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland. Upon graduating in 1965, he enrolled at the University of Maryland in College Park, paying for college classes by working at a Shell service station in Beltsville on nights and weekends. From 1965 to 1970, his hobby was drag racing his 1959 Corvette along with his childhood friends and new recruits to the Shell station. In 1970, Cary completed his B.S. in Information Systems, began his M.B.A. (also at Maryland) and graduated from automobile repair to computer system design. Author Cary Thomas.

Cary is now a Senior Vice President at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. While he has written and taught extensively on computer systems and research management, BELTSVILLE SHELL: You Are What You Drive is his first commercially available book.

After forty plus years, Cary is still working on old Corvettes: He has completed the restoration of a 1962 and a 1956, and needs to get working on a 1967 Stingray Coupe. Cary can be reached at

Cary’s blog can be found at