Tom Colman

FLITE’s board of trustees chair

Tom Colman, 65, Wayne
Chair, Board of Trustees, Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown (FLITE)

» Book on his night stand: Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose’s history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

» CD on repeat: The Irish Tenors. There’s a song called “The Old Man,” and it’s about the relationship between a father and his son. It almost brings me to tears just talking about it.

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» Restaurant of the hour: Kimberton Inn, because it’s peaceful. It has a quiet, country atmosphere, and it’s a pleasant place for food and conversation.

» Personal hero: My wife, Mary Lou. She’s the kindest person I’ve ever known, and a courageous one also. Her ability to live her life in such a giving way—it’s just heroic to me.

» One thing he knows for sure: God loves us all.

» Very own vici: One is the way my three children have grown into wonderful, responsible adults and citizens, and the second is what FLITE has accomplished in helping to provide educational opportunities to local, disadvantaged kids.

» Zen destination: My house in Ocean City, N.J.

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» If he had an extra hour each day, he would: Spend it with my wife.

» Pet peeve: The decline of manners and civility. I just find it unfortunate when men and boys sit in restaurants with baseball caps on.

» Most marked characteristic: I’m a happy person. But people would say I’m a planner and an organizer.

» Quality he admires most in others: Kindness.

» Life view: chance or fate? My life is not about things happening to me; my life is about trying to make things happen.

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» Mantra: Leaders are cultural determinants.

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