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Thomas Kane

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Kane, Thomas
Thomas (Tom) Kane, 92, passed away after a brief illness on January 12, 2013. Born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, Tom earned a scholarship to NYU, which changed the direction of his life and for which he was forever grateful. Tom graduated from the NYU Heights Campus in 1942, and was a dedicated NYU alumnus all his life, serving on the Board of Trustees for six years and also as President of the Alumni Federation. After graduation, Tom joined the Army, serving as a Captain in the Persian Gulf Command. He met his future wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Peppard, at a Newman Club event in New York City, and they married in Brooklyn on April 15 (income tax day) in 1950. After a decade a Price Waterhouse, Tom joined the New York Stock Exchange as Assistant Director, Department of Member Firms. He spent five years at the Stock Exchange, sleeping on the floor of the exchange during the 1965 blackout in New York. He next joined Kuhn Loeb & Company as Vice President of Administration, where he remained until shortly after their 1978 merger with Lehman Brothers. In his next job, as Director of Membership Relations at the Financial Executives Institute, he enjoyed traveling to many local FEI chapters, and particularly enjoyed visiting Alaska. His career took him last to Shea & Gould, where he served as Director of Finance. Tom's lifelong love of the theatre, both as an audience member and an amateur actor, started with his participation in high school productions, including his portrayal of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. During the 1980's in particular, he was very involved in local theatre productions at the Ethel Kweskin Sterling Barn Theatre, appearing in Ten Little Indians, Joan of Lorraine, Solidarity, and other plays. It's safe to say that Tom saw over 300 productions of various Shakespeare plays. In his retirement he took classes in Shakespeare at The Shakespeare Society in New York and read every new book published about the Bard and his works. A lifelong learner, Tom was still studying Shakespeare, polishing his French with a subscription to the French cable channel, and ordering regularly from The Great Courses catalog until the final month of his life. Having worked since he was a paperboy, Tom struggled with the idea of "retirement," but once he took the leap became active in a number of Stamford organizations. He was President of the Senior Men's Association, Treasurer of the Stamford Senior Center, and on the Board of Learning in Retirement, an organization he greatly enjoyed and one that brought him many new friends. He also tutored first grade students in reading until June of 2012. Betty, Tom's wife of over 50 years, died in 2001. He is survived by his two children, Rosemary Kane Carlough of Pleasantville, New York, and Christian Kane of Fairfield, Connecticut; their spouses, Bill Carlough and Maureen Hermes Kane; as well as four grandchildren, Timothy and Mark Carlough, and Tyler and Jocelyn Kane. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1700 Shippan Avenue, Stamford on February 9th at 10 a.m. Please honor Tom's memory with donations to the NYU Heights Alumni Lounge Fund, New York University, Office for University Development and Alumni Relations, Room 402, 25 West Fourth Street, New York, NY 10012; The Roundabout Theatre Company, 231 West 39th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10018; or WSHU (his favorite NPR station), 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06825. To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the Kane family with the arrangements.

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Published in StamfordAdvocate on Jan. 20, 2013
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