After growing up in New Jersey, Tom graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and was a member of Cap and Gown. A cheerleader and head of the Catering Agency, Tom roomed with Bruce LaPierre, Bob Thompson, Alberto Mejia, Chuck Ragan, Cary Hall, Pieter Brakel, Jim Carlisle, Peter Van Wagenen, Billy Sydnor, Claude Stuart, and Steve Graham. Tom’s Princeton forebears, dating to the early 19th century, included his great-great-grandfather, William Collins Handy 1855, his father, Frank ’26, and his brother Phil ’67.
After teaching at Loomis Chaffee and at Northfield Mount Hermon, Tom was in the insurance business in Cleveland and subsequently in health-care management with Ancilla Health Systems, which owned hospitals and health-care facilities in Missouri and Indiana. He had an abiding interest in Ancilla’s foster home.
In 2006, Tom moved to Cape Coral, Fla., where he died. He is survived by his daughter, Miller Hughes; a granddaughter, Eleanor Preston Hughes, who was born a week prior to his death; his brothers Richard and Philip; and his life partner, Gordon Doane.
Tom will be missed by many of us.