Thomas Warren Hohlweck Jr.

Thomas Warren Hohlweck Jr.
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A Fast Engine, an Easy Pace

Boys will have their toys, and Thomas Warren Hohlweck Jr. had his. Starting with a used Fiat in high school, Mr. Hohlweck loved to tool around in racy vehicles, although he could not be described as a racy driver. "He liked to rev the engine but he was no speedster," said his wife, Pamela. "In fact, he was the best driver I ever met."

Cars alone could not keep Mr. Hohlweck's attention when he wasn't working at Aon Risk Services as a vice president. There were the daily jogs through Battery Park, the weekend tennis and golf games and the endless tinkering that — next to the New York Philharmonic — made a visit to Home Depot one of his favorite excursions. Mrs. Hohlweck indulged all her husband's hobbies, even allowing him to set up a workbench in the kitchen. "When we weren't outdoors hiking or gardening, he was inside doing some project," she said.

But all of Mr. Hohlweck's hobbies took a back seat to his children, Randy, Robin and Todd. All three inherited his love for running.

A few years ago, while the Hohlwecks were on vacation in Virginia Beach, a fire destroyed their home in Harrison, N.Y., including a score of woodworking accomplishments and the beloved Jensen-Healy that sat in the garage. But if Mr. Hohlweck was devastated, he never let on. "He was just happy no one was hurt," Mrs. Hohlweck said.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 16, 2001.

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