THOMAS GRAHAM, 87, a resident of Swarthmore, died May 17, 2013 at home. He was born in Pottstown, PA. to the late Elizabeth Graham Chew and David S.B. Chew. Tom and his family moved to Swarthmore in 1932 when he was 7 years old and he graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1943.
He joined the Marines in 1944 and served in the Philippines and on Guam in the Northern Mariana Islands. He was honorably discharged in 1946. The following year he entered Dickinson College and graduated in 1950's.
He started his career with the Insurance Co. of North America in their training program and specialized in marine insurance, a field he followed for the rest of his career with Johnson and Higgins, Alexander and Alexander,and Posse Walsh. He was active in the Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society where he served on the board and was a member of The Vessel Owners and Captain's Association and the Downtown Club.
Tom became a member of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church as a teenager and was active there all his life. He served on the board of Taylor Hospital and the Gibbons Home. He was an active member of the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association where he was an Assistant Fire Chief and served as President for 10 years.
Tom is survived by his wife, Jessie, his daughter, Ginny, his son,Geof, his grandchildren, Ali, Ashley, and Jamie, and two great-grandchildren; as well as his loving nieces, nephew and numerous other relatives.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Memorial gifts may be made to the church, 727 Harvard Ave. Swarthmore, Pa. 19081, or to the Swarthmore Fire & Protection Association, P.O. Box 261, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081. Arrangements: RIGBY HARTING & HAGAN FUNERAL HOME, 15 E. Fourth St. Media, PA, Media, PA.
Published on Philly.com on May 30, 2013