This good man, Thomas W. Tewksbury, longtime resident of Wheaton, IL., died on February 18, 2019, at the age of 88.
Tom was born in Evanston, Illinois and was the son of Ruth Stevens Tewksbury and Winthrop Boardman Tewksbury. He was predeceased by his sister Ann Lord. After graduation from Springfield College, Tewksbury began his graduate work at Penn State, at the same time pursuing a professional baseball career in the Milwaukee Braves organization. Shortly after completing his Master’s Degree, Tom married Jane Mason, his loving wife of 64 years. He was a devoted family man, first and foremost. Tom and Jane have four children. He leaves his daughter Tracey Volpe-Tewksbury of Newtown, PA., his son, Tim Tewksbury and his wife, Chinyere of Springfield, N.J., his daughter Beckie Kienzle and her husband Bill of Wheaton, and his son Matthew Tewksbury and his wife Julie of Villanova, PA. Tom and Jane also have 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.Tom worked for Sears for 20 years, before becoming the Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources for Allstate Insurance Company for the remainder of his career. Tom served as a volunteer Board member for several organizations, highlighted by his long term commitment as Chairman of the Board for Central DuPage Hospital (now Northwestern Hospital). He fostered a strong commitment to improving education and employment opportunities for minorities. For many years he played an active leadership role with SER Jobs for Progress, Inc. Tewksbury’s involvement with SER led to his selection by the United States Senate task force for Hispanic Affairs, to serve on its Advisory Committee. He also served on the Board of the National Urban League. Tom was named "Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State, the highest honor the University bestows on it's Alumni. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of The Chicago Golf Club. Tom was a man of faith and commitment to his Church, First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, where he served as an Elder and led the church's Human Resources committee for years. Tom Tewksbury deeply touched and had a profound, positive impact on the people who knew him. There will be a graveside family Service with a Memorial Service at a later date. In lieu of Flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton at www.firstpreswheaton.org Arrangements by Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, Wheaton, Illinois
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