Thomas Murray Skinker 86, born March 21, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, died April 16, 2014. Survived by wife of 56 years, Joan; daughter, Linda Skinker (Andy Gilmour); daughter, Peggy (Derek) Colsman; daughter, Donna (Charlie) Singleton; and grandchildren, David Colsman, Lara Colsman, Emily Singleton and Alex Singleton. Preceded in death by brother, Nick Skinker. Tom graduated from Alfred University in 1952 and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1956. Tom met Joan while an intern at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in Trenton, Michigan, where Joan was a nurse. They were married on April 27, 1957. Because of glowing accounts of life in Tucson from Tom's college roommate, he moved his pregnant wife and two young daughters to the desert, sight unseen, and began a private practice in family medicine. Tom was an avid hunter, fisherman, four wheel drive explorer, hiker and camper. He loved working on cars, photography and exploring the beauty and history of the West. After early retirement in 1985, Tom and Joan enjoyed many years of RVing and international travel. Worsening Alzheimer's disease kept him home the last 10 years, but he was a gentleman to the end. May he rest in peace. Memorial Service to be private, donations may be made to the Tucson Community Food Bank in his memory. Arrangements by U OF A ANATOMICAL PROGRAM.
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Published by Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 19, 2014.