Tom’s legal career spanned 30 years, primarily involved with environmental matters in both state and federal courts. A singular achievement was a water-rights case that he successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the latter part of his career, he served as an attorney for the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. He was a founding and life member of the Sierra Club of northeast Oklahoma, a life member of Save the Redwoods League, and a recipient of the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation Conservationist of the Year Award.
Tom is survived by his son, Andrew; his daughter, d’Alary; grandchildren John and Isabel; his brother, James; and his sister, Mary Jane.