Tom died April 25, 2022, in Gilbert, Ariz.

Coming from Haverford, he studied at SPIA; played freshman and JV football, baseball, and rugby; and belonged to Cap and Gown. He went on to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was student body president, earned a master’s of divinity, and was ordained in the Presbyterian ministry.

After a New Rochelle pastorate, he returned to Haverford to teach, coach, and direct its summer school. In 1958, he married Sandy Spurdle. They left the Main Line in 1965 for Western pastorates: first Greeley, Colo., and then Chandler, Ariz., from which he retired to Estes Park, Colo., in 1993.

Tom’s career, enhanced by a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Penn, went beyond pastoring. He did short-term church leadership training in Mexico, East African countries, the Philippines, and Mongolia. He and Sandy taught English in China, and he led teaching teams there for eight summers.

His community involvement included Rotary Club presidencies, chairing ministerial fellowships, supporting school activities, and hospital chaplaincies. He enjoyed outdoors activities:  gardening, skiing, canoeing, and hiking, to mention a few. In later years he and Sandy frequented campgrounds across America and traveled to more than 30 countries.

Tom is survived by Sandy, four sons, a daughter, 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and brother William ’61.

Class Year: 
Undergraduate Class of 1950