Tom graduated from Princeton with a degree in economics in 1969 and the University of Wisconsin Law School with honors in 1972. He initially worked for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office enforcing the state’s air, water and noise pollution laws. He then worked in private practice for three decades and specialized in insurance regulatory, bad faith and class action litigation. His most memorable legal experience was talking with Georgia O’Keefe for 45 minutes during a break in her deposition in a lawsuit in which he was serendipitously involved.
Tom served on the Cranbury Township Committee for three terms and was mayor for three years. He also served as President of the Mercer County Bar Association and Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Greater Mercer County. He is currently Chair of the Cranbury Parks Commission, an officer of a Cranbury non-profit that funds parks and recreation in Cranbury and has been serving on the PICS board for approximately 10 years.
“Serving on the PICS board keeps me in touch with Princeton students and their diversity and commitment to excellence. It is gratifying that Princeton students, who like their peers at other top schools are often criticized for only wanting to make money, serve internships that expose them to some of the most disadvantaged people in our society. They derive great pleasure in helping them. That experience has to be helpful for those who will be the future leaders of our society.”