Tom went to Old Orchard Elementary School and DeVilbiss High School, joining the US Army after graduation. After receiving an honorable discharge, the University of Detroit beckoned. Tom was a member of the track and field team as the shot-putter and roomed with basketball great Dave DeBusschere. He graduated in 1962, and then taught for three years in Detroit’s inner-city schools. On a blind date, he met Alice Mutter. They married the next year and moved to Toledo. He taught at Rogers High for 30 years. While he and his wife were working and raising their children he went back to school, earning a Master’s degree at the University of Toledo. He was always active in the boxing world, as a participant, referee or an official. He officiated at three Olympic Boxing Trials and has refereed fights with Mike Tyson, Ray Leonard, the Spinks Brothers and many other well-known boxers. He was president of The Toledo Golden Gloves Association and The NW OH Cystic Fibrosis Chapter. Many know him for his exemplary career as a 40-year member of the The Toledo Road Runners Club. He has completed 68 marathons in Boston, Los Angeles and many other locations. He is still an active triathlete and occasionally wins his age-group. Tom and Alice had three children, Anne Marie, Christopher, and Mary Frances, all who tragically passed away due to cystic fibrosis. The children will always remain their heroes.
Where do you call home? Sylvania.
What was your first job? Toledo Times paperboy.
What health or lifestyle tips do you support? I believe in daily exercise.
Your biggest self-indulgence? Working out.
Favorite Book? Anything by Leon Uris.
I have always wanted to…? Be a professional boxer.
What trait do you admire in others? Politeness.
Something most people don’t know about you? I was a decent amateur boxer.
Words you live by? Be nice to people, regardless.
Your proudest accomplishment? Serving in the US Army.
Person you most respect? My wife Alice, who I married 51 years ago.