Tom came to Princeton from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., where he had already begun to study Chinese. At Princeton he ate independently and majored in East Asian studies. A year after graduation Tom made his way to Hong Kong, where he observed and participated in the extraordinary transformations of China and Hong Kong. He founded a company that specialized in publishing and translation services, and went on to become the founding publisher and editor of Fortune China. He served as chairman of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and on other boards as well.
We remember Tom as a warm and caring friend and a consummate gentleman. In a farewell message, Tom said, “We don’t get to choose the timing when we board the train of life or when we disembark. I am very grateful for my life, and especially that in the final part of my journey, I was at peace and accompanied by my loving wife, Jenny, and daughter Listen.”
Tom was predeceased by his son, Jimmy. To Jenny and Listen, and to his brother Bob and sisters Nancy and Mary Beth, we extend our warm appreciation for his life and our heartfelt condolences.