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July 17, 2018

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August 11, 2016
As principal, Tom didn't shy away from new ideas
he asked questions, smiled slightly like the wise
risk-taker he was once his thoughtful questions
were answered. He made our faculty feel we were
central to making the school as alive and responsible as possible. Education needs more
leaders like Tom.
July 21, 2016
I first knew Tom when he was student and I was teacher. One summer he was on my "bean platoon". Even at that time he was a hard, conscientious worker. After he finished college and became an educator in Salem our paths crossed often. When he became principal at North Salem High, I was one of his assistant principals.
He was a great example of being an exemplary human being.
My wife (Evelyn Andrus Stewart) and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his extended family.
June 2, 2016
I knew Tom while a student at North Salem High School in the 1970's. He was a popular principal with both students and staff. One thing stands out in my memory, he was fair and honest. I enjoyed talking with him about the school store, extra curricular clubs, activities and sometimes unpopular school policy. He was a good listener and displayed a calming disposition. I count him as one of the top three best school administrators I have ever known, my wife Reta Doland is one of them. It didn't matter if you ran into Tom at the store, ball field, park, school or a funeral he was always warm, kind and engaging. He will be missed!
June 1, 2016
What a gifted educator and human being. Tom Pickens epitomized what it means to take a person from where they to their fullest potential. Whether a student or staff member Tom was a mentor who taught sound lessons for living and growing as a member of our society. I had the privilege of being challenged by Tom as a young teacher at North and then as a fellow administrator.

Please accept my condolences.