Tom graduated from LakeView High School in 1947 and was a native of Chicago which he always called home.
He served in the Marine Corp from 1950 to 1954 and during the Korean War 1951/1952.
At the age of 17 he made travel is #1 priority in life. At the time of his death he had visited 133 various countries, written 38 travel and zoo oriented articles, self published a book, "Queenie, the blue collar cat which amused more than a few readers.
He is survived by his sister Jeanne Hawekotte and son Frederick