Thomas W. McCafferty
73, of Avon, IN, passed away at his home March 14, 2013. Tom was born January 23, 1940 in Vincennes, IN, the son of Donald and Dorothy McCafferty. Tom graduated from Marion High School in 1958 and Purdue University with a BS in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) in 1963. Tom participated in post graduate work and conducted computer and numerical analysis industrial courses. He was engineer-in-residence, advisor, and guest lecturer at Purdue University for utility models. On June 29, 1963 he married Linda E. Stewart.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife and parents. He leaves behind to carry his special memories in their hearts: daughter, Lora McCafferty; and granddaughter, Amber Smith, both of Brownsburg; sister, D. Jane Wolfe (Stan) and family of Raleigh, NC; along with in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Tom retired from Public Service of Indiana (PSI Energy) in 1995 with 32 years of service. He began as an intern at PSI while a student at Purdue and retired as the Director of Technology Assessment. Tom held a variety of positions while with PSI, some being Technical Computer Applications Supervisor, Power Plant Design and Construction Manager, Power Plant Engineering Manager, Corporate Support Services Director, Power System Services Director.
Tom co-founded PSI's annual Engineering Conferences and was active in the Indiana Electrical Association (IEA). He authored articles in several electrical publications. On the national level, he participated in committees, chaired committees, and conducted conferences for Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Tom was Toastmaster Club #2332 past President, B.P.O.E. (Elks) #2186 member, Avon United Methodist Church member and past Trustee, Boy Scouts of America member and past Advancement Chairman, member of the Indianapolis Jazz Club, and charter member of the Indianapolis Zoo.
Tom's hobbies included reading, sailing, fly fishing, traditional jazz, golf, antique radio repair & classic cars.
A Celebration of Life, "Irish Wake" to honor Tom's life will be held at the Elks Lodge #2186, 4710 E. US 40, Plainfield, IN on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Indianapolis Zoo (c/o Penguin Exhibit), 1200 W. Washington St, Indpls, IN 46222 or Elks Lodge #2186 (Student Scholarship Fund), P.O. Box 333, Plainfield, IN 46168.
You are invited to view the obituary online at http://www.conklefuneralhome.com where you may sign the guest book or share a memory for the family.