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Thomas R. Oates
Warwick, Rhode Island
Jan 13, 1947 – Jun 26, 2009 (Age 62)
Thomas R. Oates died peacefully after a brief illness, on June 26th at his home in Jamestown, RI surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Providence, RI to Robert C. and Margaret A. (Coffey) Oates. He leaves behind his wife Christina Seamans Oates, children, Dr. Daniel J. Oates of Quincy, MA, Matthew J. Oates of Rochester, NY; stepchildren Stephen J. Truhan of Longwood, FL and Dana R. Truhan of Foster, RI and his sister Peg McGuirl of Warwick, RI. Mr. Oates was appointed Vice President and CFO of the University of Bridgeport in 2003. Prior to this, Mr. Oates served at Roger Williams University and The Papitto School of Law as CFO/VPFA (from 1994-2002) and as Controller (from 1986-1993). From 1973-1985, he served in various finance and accounting-related positions with the State of Rhode Island, Department of Mental Health Retardation & Hospitals, and Woonsocket Hospital. Mr. Oates held his M.B.A. from Bryant University Graduate School and a B.S. from Roger Williams University. He was a Certified Public Accountant; held professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National and Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers. He served as a NEASC evaluator for finance and physical resources standards. Tom was respected and adored by those he worked with and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. His Funeral will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:45am from the FAGAN-QUINN Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown. Burial will follow in St. Mark Cemetery. Visiting hours Tuesday, June 30, 2009 from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Thomas R. Oates Memorial Fund, c/o Ms. Marlene Diaz, Office of Administration and Finance, Whalstrom Library, 7th Floor, University of Bridgeport, 126 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604. Please make donations payable to the University of Bridgeport.