YEAR JOINED MKLM: 2005
Born and raised: Iola, KS and Chanute High School (Chanute KS),
College: Kansas State University, Manhattan, BS Chem Engrg 1967
Work Before MKLM: Summer work in Yellowstone Park and Casino in Lake Tahoe and engineering in Midland MI with Dow Chem. After graduation worked 5 yrs for Gulf Oil in Baytown TX, then one year in Lancashire England for British Nuclear Fuels, then few months in valve sales in Houston, then 32 years in sales and engineering for Betz Inductrial who got bought by General Electric. One of the years with Betz was in Germany in engineering training sales engineers.
Relationships: Married to Pamela Burleigh at age 37, divorced at age 55. Have two boys who are married and live in Louisville and Atlanta with three grandchildren. I am still single in 2017 and living in Kansas City. No plans to re-marry. One son is a financial analysist/ project manager and the other is a commercial electrician.
Further Activities: Before MKLM I was active in the local Catholic church and Serra Club. Spent 18 yrs training altar servers, teaching CCE students and 6 yrs with high school kids on Group Work Camps. I was first president of the Bay Area chapter of Serra Club and I had two contemplative prayer groups that met weekly for several years and attended several conventions for the World Community of Christian Meditation. After I left MKLM I retired at age 65 and moved to Kansas City. I then joined another contemplative prayer group which is ecumenical like the ones in Houston.
Tom lived and worked in the Kowak Mission. The Kowak Mission included a hospital, a convent, and one of Tanzania’s most renowned Catholic girls’ schools, along with its boarding house. Tom tutored students enrolled in English and computer classes and applied his mathematic skills to do the accounting tasks for the school. He also was a soft ball coach. He also assisted in the repairs in the school building, the boarding house, the convent and the hospital. Of his multi-faceted ministry, Tom said, “God, here are my hands. Do with them as you wish.”
After leaving MKLM I got Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had 4 months of Chemo in 2010. In early 2011 I returned to my village in northern Tanzania as a short term volunteer for Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers to provide vacation relief for the high school bursar who took my former job. I have returned every year since then for 6 -9 months as a volunteer to assist the aging pastor who at 87 yrs is now the oldest MM priest still working in mission for Maryknoll. He celebrated 60 years of priesthood in June 2016. I assist with preparing his quarterly financial reports, paying salaries, buying supplies for the cook and for construction projects, provide photographs for the school Facebook page and for passport photos, assist other short term Maryknoll volunteers who work a few months at the school or hospital and visit the mothers of new born babies to give them mosquito nets daily.