A Turtle’s Tribute:
From a show business, rodeo producing family background, Tom grew into the broadcast media industry as a disc jockey and reporter for KZEE radio and later moved to KTVT Channel Eleven and on to a career as a flight attendant for Braniff International Airways.
Tom proudly served as the manager of the Round-Up Saloon and Dance Hall for nearly thirteen years. During that time, he was honored by the Dallas Tavern Guild as Grand Marshall of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Day Parade, recognized by the Dallas business community as a leader in social communications and premiere fundraiser, and honored by the City of Dallas and the Mayor’s office for his many efforts on behalf of the gay and lesbian community.
He donated time and energy to many charitable organizations and events in the Metroplex, including a precedent-setting concert with Dionne Warwick at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony in March of 1992. It was the first event to raise monies and AIDS awareness of that caliber in the state of Texas.
At the time of his death, Tom was survived by his lifemate, Ken Corban and their beloved Schnauzers, Chester and Duncan.