Tom graduated from Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, where he played in the band and orchestra. He followed his father, Thomas II 1928, brother John ’64, and two uncles to Princeton. He majored in history, joined Campus Club, played oboe in the concert orchestra, and was marching-band drum major. Roommates included Gerry Mosher, Rob Johnson, John Goodrich, and Dave Barber.
After graduation he taught history and served as tennis coach at Phoenix Country Day School. In 1971 he did graduate work in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
A longtime resident of New Mexico, Tom found his true calling in serving as a teacher on Native American reservations of the Southwest, including the Hopi, Navajo, and Jicarilla Apache tribes. A Quaker, he was deeply opposed to violence and committed to social justice.
Tom never lost his love of music, continuing throughout his life to sing — most recently with the New Mexico Peace Choir — and added the banjo to his oboe and drum repertoire.
The class extends its deepest sympathy to Tom’s wife, Sharon; brother John; four children; and five grandchildren.