Tom is currently a Councilor in the San Diego Section and has served for the last 13 years. Prior, he was an Alternate Councilor (2000-3). Earlier, he was Section Chair in 1999, a year in which the section won the ACS Outstanding Large Section Performance Award.
Currently, he is Chair of the ACS National Senior Chemists Committee on which he has served for 4 years since its initiation. Previously, he was a member of the National Senior Chemists Task Force (2009-12) and Chair of the National Silver Circle (Seniors) Working Group (2005-9). Also, he was a member of the National Local Section Activities Committee (2004-12) and was Chair of its LSAD subcommittee (2009-12).
In San Diego he is Chair of the Annual Distinguished Scientist Award Selection Committee (since 1996) and was the originator and organizer of the annual San Diego Medchem Symposium at UCSD (1999-2013). In 2008 he initiated and currently manages the quarterly ACS section seniors/retirees/consultants/part-timers breakfasts.
Since 2001 he has managed the section’s educational programs for schools. Since 2004 the programs have focused on science shows for 4th/5th graders in which ~70,000 elementary school children have viewed >400 Mad Science shows. In June 2012 the section received the San Diego Science Alliance Partnership Award for this program.
Tom was Program Chair of the San Diego Section-sponsored ACS 1995 Western Regional Meeting (which still holds the record as the largest ACS regional meeting ever) and was a Technical program Advisor and Session Chair for the 2007 WRM.
He received the section’s Outstanding Service Award in 1996, 2005 and 2013 and was the 2015 Outreach Volunteer of the Year. In 2011 he was named an ACS Fellow and also received the E. Ann Nalley ACS Western Region Service Award.
Apart from ACS, Tom spent a 27-year career at Merck Research Labs in Rahway, NJ working as a medicinal chemist in early stage drug discovery. After retiring from Merck in 1993, he moved to San Diego and worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and then IRORI/ChemRx/Discovery Partners. Since 2001 he has been doing biopharma consulting for many organizations within and outside of San Diego, has taught at UCSD and U. Kansas and served on several advisory boards. He has a B.S. (U. Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (U. Wisconsin) and was a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T.