THOMAS EDMUND GREACEN III (1944 - 2017)
The photos at the top are from the Freshman Herald and Nassau Herald. The next photo, taken sophomore year, shows roommates Gerry Mosher (d), Rob Johnson (d 2017), Tom, John Goodrich, and Dave Barber. Mike Robinson is missing from the photo.
Tom died on Oct. 30, 2017, following a heart attack.
Tom graduated from Lamar High in Houston, Texas, where he played in the band and orchestra. He followed his father (Thomas II ’28), brother (John ’64), and two uncles to Princeton. He majored in history, joined Campus Club, played oboe in the concert orchestra, and was marching band drum major. Roommates included Gerry Mosher, Rob Johnson, John Goodrich, and Dave
After graduation he taught history and served as tennis coach at Phoenix (AZ) Country Day School. In 1971 he did graduate work in political science at University of California at Berkeley.
A long-time resident of New Mexico, Tom found his true calling in serving as a teacher on Native American reservations of the Southwest, including Hopi, Navajo, and Jicarilla Apache tribes. A Quaker, he was deeply opposed to violence and committed to social justice.
Tom never lost his love of music, continuing throughout his life to sing—most recently with the New Mexico Peace Choir-- and adding the banjo to his oboe and drum repertoire.
The Class extends its deepest sympathy to Tom’s wife, Sharon; brother, John; four children; and five grandchildren.
For additional information, please see the PAW Memorial.
The graduation photo shows, in L-R order: Rob Johnson, Mike Robinson, Tom Greacen, and John Goodrich.
The next two photos are from the Lamar H.S. yearbook and from 1967 while Tom was a history teacher and tennis coach at Phoenix Country Day School.
Here's one more of the same group and another graduation photo.