The Class of 1969 lost an accomplished and admired classmate, natural leader, and friend when Tom passed away May 31, 2021, of cardiomyopathy.

Tom graduated as valedictorian from Hightstown (N.J.) High School, where he was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, president of his class and student council, and captain of the soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.

Known as “Tugboat” to his Princeton friends, Tom roomed with Murph McCarthy, Bison Brown, and John Hanks in 1901 Hall and ate at Cottage. He majored in economics and was a three-year letter-winner in soccer, captain of the team senior year, and the first winner of the Hackett Memorial Soccer Cup for his enthusiasm, discipline, and leadership. His dedication to the University and the class was evidenced by his reunion attendance record: six reunions while in high school and as an undergraduate, and 49 of 50 after graduation. 

Following Princeton Tom attended Wisconsin Law School and had a distinguished career as a litigator. Among many volunteer roles, Tom served several terms as mayor of Cranbury, N.J.; chaired the United Way of Mercer County; and was president of the Mercer County Bar Association and a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) board member for 13 years. 

Tom’s love of family, positive attitude, quiet sense of humor, and loyalty to his friends were hallmarks of his personality. We mourn Tom’s passing and send our sincere condolences to his wife and son, Joan and Matt, and his entire family.

Undergraduate Class of 1969