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With an undergraduate degree in social work, sociology and economics at the University of Iowa and trained as a counselor at bank Street College of Education in New York City and in educational technology at Harvard, Tom spent thirty years working as a teacher and counselor in the Westport, CT Public Schools. He was the treasurer and personnel chairperson for the Westport Education Association for twenty-two years.

Tom became involved in Westport community social services in the mid 1970s, serving on the local United Way board and chairing the board of Westport childcare agency. More recently, he is once again serving on the Westport-Weston United Way board, chairing the Community Impact committee and as a member of the merger transition team.

Since his retirement Tom has continued to be involved doing puberty education for fifth grade boys in the Westport schools, managing the Westport middle schools SAT program for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and mentoring teachers. He also helps seniors with computer problems and continues to do pro bono college counseling for local students.

Tom's other major endeavor is doing all that is possible to help his spouse Eve with her competitive rowing. Their three children and seven grandchildren are spread around the world, which requires much enjoyable travel.

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