VINCIGUERRA--Thomas J. The Columbia College community mourns the passing of an outstanding journalist, editor and author, 57, who greatly enriched the life of the university; he died February 22 in Garden City, NY, following a year of failing health. The longtime associate editor of the alumni magazine Columbia College Today, Tom later served as deputy editor of The Week and executive editor of Indian Country Today. He was a prolific freelancer who contributed many pieces to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other publications. His books include Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James Thurber and the Golden Age of the New Yorker, and A Community of Scholars: Seventy-Five Years of The University Seminars at Columbia, which he edited. A 1985 graduate of the College, where he was active at Spectator and the Varsity Show, he also earned a Master's in journalism and English at Columbia. He single-handedly revived the College's Philolexian literary and debate society, one of the nation's oldest; he was officially recognized as the society's "Avatar." He is survived by his brother William, of Garden City, sister-in-law Jeanine, a niece and nephew. Elena Cabral '93 Beth Ritchie Chung '88 Addison F. Golladay '93 Robert Hardt '91 James C. Katz '72 Brian Krisberg '81 James T. McMenamin Liz Pleshette '89 Robert E. Pollack '61 Roy Pomerantz '83
Published by New York Times on Mar. 8, 2021.