I will never forget arriving at UA Law School in 1980. As a grad of a tiny little college in my hometown, I was way past being simply overwhelmed at the hugeness of UA, not to mention the terror of Law School. Tom was in my Section and always had time to show me the ropes, and was always ready to help anyone. Usually, he could find a way to work in a joke and make everyone laugh in the process, while solving the problem. Who can forget Turkey Bingo? I'm pretty certain he invented that one.
When I watched the Homecoming Parade last Saturday, I remembered us all in our full morning suits, (not just the coats, like those tradition-reviling present day Law Students) and our lovely cheers with which we greeted all of townspeople and Alumni who must not have known better. If Tom did not win the cheer contest, I'm sure he was at least in the Top 3. With his booming voice, he made certain all of us were heard by everyone on the parade route. One of the many reasons we are all glad there were no iPhones in those days--we would never have gotten jobs. Politically savvy, oh yes Tom certainly was. Politically correct, not so much. I guess I could write on and on, but should not take up an inordinate amount of space. To Tom's children, I've never met you, but certainly hope to do so. Your Dad was a warm, funny, super-bright and wonderful person who will be greatly missed. When I talked to him in later years, after we had all become somewhat more politically correct, it was clear that you were all the apples of his eye and the best part of his heart. You are all in my prayers!