Tom was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Wharton, Texas, son of George Q. Rust Jr. and Wilma Jean Thomas Rust. Before Princeton he attended Wharton High School, where he played right end on the team that won the Texas state championship in 1950.
At Princeton he joined Key and Seal, majored in English, and was active in 150-pound football and in IAA basketball, softball, and track. He was chair of his club’s Bicker Committee. His senior year roommates were L.H. Werth and S.B. Brinckerhoff ’56. After graduation he served in the Navy in Okinawa.
He is survived by his wife, Lynne “Binnie” Darling Rust, a Sarah Lawrence student from Milwaukee he met as she played piano at a club party at Princeton.
Tom founded an independent insurance agency and with Binnie raced sailboats and became involved in showing and breeding Appaloosa horses. Tom loved reading, studying science and history, writing poetry, and doing word games and crossword puzzles. He was also an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. His interests included a deep love for animals, world travel, hunting, growing roses, carving beautiful walking sticks, and playing chess.
In addition to Binnie, Tom is survived by three daughters, Terry Rust Hausmann, Julia Ann Schulz, and Cynthia Rust Saiia; and four grandchildren.