Tom joined the GMC in 2014 and has become an active Upper Valley Ottauquechee Section member, including leading trips and trail maintenance. He enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, alpine and nordic skiing, bicycling, and camping. Tom is a member of the Hartford, VT, Conservation Commission.
He began a lifetime love of nature when as a young boy in a small Ohio town, he spent many hours of unorganized play in the woods by the river, and in Boy Scouts. After obtaining a BS in civil engineering, he was drafted and serendipitously assigned to the US Army Cold Regions Laboratory in Hanover, NH. There, over the next two years, he was introduced to northern New England and developed a passion for mountains. After being discharged, Tom explored the western US for seven years, living in Boulder, Colorado, and Spokane, Washington, where he earned an MS in structural engineering and worked as an engineer. Tom and his wife, Linda, then returned east and ended up in Maine, where for over thirty years he enjoyed Maine’s mountains and coast as he worked as a hydroelectric engineering consultant while raising two children.
In 2013, they returned to Linda’s hometown of Hartford, VT. Tom’s retirement in the Upper Valley allows him more time to pursue his outdoor, cultural, and volunteer interests. As a father and grandfather, Tom sees serving on the GMC Board as an opportunity to help continue GMC’s legacy for future generations.