Thomas More College Mourns Loss of Thomas Aquinas College President

by Thomas More College on April 16, 2009

Dr. Thomas Dillon

The Thomas More College community mourns the death of Dr. Thomas Dillon, 62, president of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California.  Dr. Dillon died in a car accident on Wednesday, April 15 while travelling on business with his wife in Ireland.  Dillon’s wife, Terri, remained in a Dublin hospital following the accident, and is expected to survive.

Thomas More College president Dr. Jeffrey O. Nelson released the following statement:

“Like so many others, we are saddened by Tom’s sudden passing, but we also rejoice and celebrate his remarkable life.  Tom will be remembered as a builder of the Church in America through his tireless labors to secure Thomas Aquinas College as a permanent institution of academic excellence and fidelity.  He was a generous counselor to many of his peers in Catholic higher education.  He was a champion of the revival of small-scale, Socratic liberal arts education, and was a gifted teacher and administrator. Our prayers are with his wife, Terri, his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren.  I am confident that today he is enjoying the eternal love and peace of the Risen Jesus.”

Thomas More College will offer a Mass for the repose of Dr. Dillon’s soul on Monday, April 20, 2009.

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