Tom was a big, genial Lancer who became fully involved in school activities. He had a sincere smile for everyone, and he was a good friend. He played several sports (football best). After his sophomore year, his family moved and he transferred to Lake Elsinore High School. He'd been an excellent football player and the varsity missed him. In those days, Mark Geiss, '67 was probably Tom's best friend, and there were many others.
Even in a driving rainstorm, you could identify Tom by his silhouette because he had the broadest shoulders in the school. He lived in Twilight up off Hermosa Drive (or off East Las Palmas).
After high school, Tom went to UC Riverside, I believe. (We can correct this later). He soon married and his wife had 3 sons. He became a salesman with tremendous success, and his family moved to several states. Eventually he concentrated on real estate, and was a broker and entrepreneur for 30 years or more in the area from Lake Elsinore to Riverside.
Tom was a dedicated Christian and his faith often came up in conversation with him. He was always an enthusiastic optimist who saw the very best in people, although he loved to rib his friends. He could talk your ear off, and he learned to be a good listener, too. He was a great help to me on the SPOON, and he gladly phoned Lancers like Coach Barnett, Andy Sills, Lindee Hammond and Mary Beth Thompson when I asked him to. He loved people,
Tom also worked with horses extensively in his younger years. He said he was descended from five generations of Danish horse breeders. He told a story that was alternatingly hilarious and chilling about how a horse had once kicked him.
"He kicked me back 20 feet! He could have murdered me!" Tom said, and this man was no lightweight. He was adamant about safety around horses. In his Sunny Hills days, Linda Schuth, '65 was one classmate he often went riding with.
The last time I saw Tom was around 2014, when he came to a Saturday afternoon folk concert at the late John Hamshaw's country market in Romo, CA. Tom brought his whole family, and proved his favorite dish there was the multi-cheese pizza. Tom McCutchen was there that day, and now we've lost both of them. Penny Kidwell was there, too, and maybe Dennis Turner and Charlie Lavorgna, too. Can't remember exactly.
Tom often brought up what he called the "Wild Turkey Shoot" that Coach Lawson taught him and Mark. Lawson was Tom's favorite coach. The Wild Turkey Shoot was some kind of football tactic, like a forearm shiver or even a Deacon Jones Head Slap, and Tom made it sound pulverizing! But he never explained exactly what it was, and it didn't have anything to do with Wild Turkey whiskey. He had a twinkle in his eye when he mentioned things like that.
I'm going to miss Thomas Clave Goodhope, and I know a lot of you will, too.
Thanks to Rod Handsfield, MD '67.