Tom is a life-long Montanan, married, and the father of two sons. After teaching for 30 years at Hellgate High School in Missoula, he is now happily retired.
For decades he has remembered Dr. Robert Coles’ research into the extraordinary resilience shown by children living in harsh circumstances. In one such study, Coles asked children of different circumstances to draw self-portraits. Many middle-class children drew head-and-shoulder figures to represent themselves. Indigenous children of the American Southwest, however, essentially drew landscapes, i.e., bushes, rocks, ridges, and perhaps their dwellings. Many drawings didn’t even have a representation of a human figure.
Tom feels like his grandchildren, as well as all our children and grandchildren, deserve to have the grand landscapes for adventure and for solace that we’ve all enjoyed.
Tom says, “I serve on the MEIC Board of Directors to support MEIC’s inspiring and exemplary tradition of protecting our waters and our landscapes.”