MAEDER, Thomas House, died peacefully on July 2, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia, at Henrico Doctors Hospital, after a valiant, year-long struggle with cancer and other maladies. He was born in Richmond on June 20, 1942, to Edward Charles Maeder and Margaret Lydia House Maeder, who predeceased him. Tom grew up in Westover Hills, and was educated in the Richmond Public Schools, Christchurch School in Middlesex County, and Randolph-Macon College. He loved athletics, and while at Christchurch excelled at, and lettered in, football, basketball, and baseball and was a member of the Christchurch School Varsity Club. At Randolph-Macon, Tom was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and president of the Interfraternity Council. After school, Tom founded Maeco Productions, Old Coach Productions, and Maeder Entertainment Associates, music and entertainment promotion businesses, where he had transactions with national, regional and local talent such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Robbin Thompson, Steve Basset, Ron Moody and the Centaurs, and Johnny Houston and the Charmers. Recently, he promoted the Rhythm and Blues Band, Julius Pittman and the Revival. Tom planned and promoted concerts, dances, and parties in Richmond and on many college campuses. Tom left the music business to pursue another of his passions and became Director of Development at Christchurch School. He later worked in development at Greensboro Day School, and Hampden-Sydney College before embarking on a long and successful career as a financial advisor with A.G. Edwards & Company, Wachovia Securities, and Wells Fargo Advisors, from which he retired in 2011. While Development Director at Christchurch, he became a member of the board of the Urbanna Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in the development of the Urbanna Oyster Festival. During the 1970s, he was quarterback of the Planning Committee of Hail to the Redskins, an annual social function at The Jefferson Hotel honoring the Washington Redskins Football Team. In 2004, he was a charter member of the Friends of Cliff Asbury, a charitable organization providing financial assistance to talented high school students attending Virginia Boarding Schools. To the end,Tom remained an active alumnus and faithful supporter of both Christchurch School and Randolph-Macon College. In recognition of his contributions, Robert A. McMillan and his Classmates at Christchurch School have established the Thomas H. Maeder '61 Endowment Scholarship, and, on July 24, 2013, at 10 a.m. Randolph-Macon will dedicate the "Thomas H. Maeder '66 Fire Pit" at the new Brock Student Commons Building in Tom's honor and memory. Tom was a member of The Commonwealth Club, the Bon Air Rotary Club, the Friends of Cliff Asbury, the Aromatic Brethren, and the Oyster Club in Irvington, Virginia; as well as a regular at Chiocca's Downstairs. Always the Virginia gentleman and tastefully dressed for the occasion, Tom led a life devoted to his passions for music, sports, fine clothes, his schools, and his legion of friends. His friends and clients, and their families, valued him for his kindness, good humor and quick wit, sage advice, and great stories. He is survived by his brother, Edward C. Maeder Jr. of Alexandria, Virginia; his sister, Nancy Maeder Bothwell of Richmond; two nieces, Margaret Breeden of Falls Church, Virginia and Mary Connors of Annapolis, Maryland; two grand-nephews, John Connors of Annapolis and Anthony Harrison Mascarenhas of Falls Church; and two grand-nieces, Camille Connors of Annapolis and Margaret Isabelle Mascarenhas of Falls Church. The family will receive friends at Bliley's-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave, Richmond, Virginia between 6 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and a memorial service will be held at Grace and Holy Trinity Church at 8 North Laurel Street in Richmond on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. A private burial will be at Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the Thomas H. Maeder '61 Endowment Scholarship at Christchurch School, the Phi Kappa Sigma Scholarship at Randolph-Macon College, and the Friends of Cliff Asbury, P.O. Box 263, Forest, Virginia 24551. For more information go to tommaeder.com.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.