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“I will miss our semi-annual meetings. I had been working with Tom since they moved to AZ 17 years ago. Happy and generous man! ”
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Thomas A. McGinn died peacefully at his home in Fountain Hills, AZ on April 6, 2017. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial on May 6, 2017 at Newman Central Catholic High School Chapel between 9:30-10:30 with a funeral mass immediately following. Graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, IL.

Tom was born on June 17, 1929 in Oak Park (Chicago), IL, the son of Ozwald and Ann (Murphy) McGinn. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois (Gilmore); his four children, Susan, Robert, Christine and Ronald; four grandchildren, Thomas Andrew, Kristin, Matthew Piers and Ainsley; and two great grandchildren, Austin and Jordan.

In 1943, Tom was awarded the American Legion graduation award for Leadership, Courage, Service, Honor and Scholarship. He was president of the Saint Ambrose Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Fraternity in 1951; was awarded a scholarship to Mexico City College in 1949-50 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Ambrose in 1951.

Tom followed in his father Ozzie's footsteps, signing in barbershop quartets. He was instrumental in starting the Sterling chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America in 1954, serving as Vice President. His other music aspirations included playing with the Dixie Dudes, largely made up of GE employees and General Electric Phoenix's favorite Dixieland combo, appearing on the Spero Basherooni television show.

In 1953, Tom began his career with the General Electric Company and was selected to GE's Corporate Manufacturing Management Development Program (MMP). This 3-year program included rotational assignments at various locations coupled with post baccalaureate business management courses. He spent his last 16 years as the top Human Resources executive in several of GE's high technology divisions.
After 36 years with GE, Tom retired and founded Thomas A. McGinn & Associates - a Human Resources consulting firm. He concurrently taught business and management courses as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Virginia. He also co-authored Harassed-100 Women Describe Inappropriate Behavior in the Workplace.

An avid tennis player, Tom was still on the tennis courts at 87 – playing against players who were decades younger.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert and Patrick and several Aunts, Uncles and cousins he prayed for daily. He continued to demonstrate his Leadership, Courage, Service, Honor and Scholarship throughout his life – with his faith being his constant guiding light.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Thomas McGinn Family Scholarship, Newman Central Catholic High School, 1101 W. 23rd Street, Sterling, IL 61081.