Tom grew up on Detroit’s east side. After graduating from Grosse Pointe High School he attended both Western Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University. He worked in Detroit and St. Louis in advertising and marketing before becoming a high school teacher and counselor. His work as an educator began at Royal Oak Kimball High School. He retired from Ann Arbor Public Schools in 1999 after working at Huron, Pioneer, and Community High Schools over a 29 year span.
Since 1999, Tom has worked for the University of Michigan Department of Undergraduate Admissions and for Greenhills School. He has also been a volunteer at the University of Michigan Hospital for several years.
Pickle ball has become a great way to exercise, but also an opportunity to meet interesting people. Tom has especially enjoyed writing player profiles. He says “it is always enlightening to talk with people about their lives and interests. Everybody I’ve interviewed has a story to tell.”