As one of his former students and, later, a teaching assistant for Tom, I wanted to share a couple of things I came to know and appreciate about him.
Tom was a gentle guy who seemed to love learning as much as he loved teaching. I felt lucky to be chosen to facilitate his online Interactive Marketing class. Sometimes in the weekly staff calls we'd have, he'd talk informally about agencies he visited, former students doing exciting things, and you could tell he loved sharing news about the success of others.
He laughed easily and in the calls, would sometimes mix up the "Jersey" girls' on the line (myself and another teaching assistant) ...for which we'd tease him and he'd always have a chuckle. But little stuff like this showed his fondness for us all.
After his class, we kept in touch. Tom always made ya feel he was happy to hear from you and willing to support any of us, in any way he could.
Finally....I have to share one of the many hidden gems from his lecture material. This one's a favorite that I have kept in my iPhone notes for a while - it really captures some of his wit and talent as a writer:
***"In a world of ever-increasing clutter, our tired crania crave clarity and flee from cognitive dissonance."***
-Tom Fauls, Interactive Marketing, 2012
RIP Tom - you will be missed and never forgotten.