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In 1977, Tom moved to Charlottesville from his family home on Cape Ann in Massachusetts to continue exploring his reading and writing interest in southern history. Over the years, he has held several managerial positions at UVA and on “The Corner”, mainly in bookstores.
In over nearly 40 years as a manager, he has hired and trained well over 100 students, part-time workers and full-time employees. This experience taught him that “creating a positive atmosphere as manager in an encouraging and creative way, where all feel comfortable and can be their best, always pays dividends. It can inspire everyone to share that enthusiasm and to thrive in that environment. Courtesy, respect and consideration mean a great deal to me.”
In 1983, he married his wife Liz, an RN and Case Manager at the UVA Health Center for 35 years; they raised two great children and eventually put them through college. As Tom’s parents aged, he helped as much as possible in their care with frequent visits that included helping to paint and repair their house on the ocean, and spending as much time with them as possible. Likewise, as his wife’s mother aged and endured the effects of Alzheimers, he assisted Liz with her care. It was his wife who encouraged Tom to explore the senior care field after he semi-retired. She felt that he could be an effective advocate because of his caring and compassionate ability to raise the spirits of aging loved ones, and the spirits of others he has encountered in similar situations.