In Memoriam: Past Division One President, Thomas Aquinas Hoar, Jr.
Thomas Aquinas Hoar, Jr., was born August 13, 1940, in Yonkers, N.Y. He passed away March 28, 2021, in Katy, Texas, his hometown for more than 35 years.
Tom grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., the son of Thomas Sr. and Margaret (DeLapp) Hoar. As the oldest of three children, he was a devoted son and big brother. As a teen, he served as an altar boy at St. Denis Church and took the subway to the Jesuit-run Xavier High School (class of 1958), where he expanded upon the lessons he learned from his parents and embraced the Jesuit motto, “Ad majorem Dei gloriam,” Latin for, “For the greater glory of God,” and the philosophy of being a man for others.
He continued his studies and sports career with the Jesuits at LeMoyne College, where he graduated with a degree in Economics in 1962. He furthered his education with a master’s degree in Economics from Purdue University and a master’s in business administration from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
Tom served his community as a leader in many organizations, including: President of AOH Division #1 Yonkers, organizing the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day parade, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, St. Paul’s Catholic Church Men’s Club (president), American Irish Association of Westchester County, NY, Jaycees (president and New York state officer), Yonkers YMCA (president), March of Dimes (board member) and Lincoln Park Civic Association (board member).
The best decision he ever made was marrying his wife Ann (Driscoll) on August 10, 1975. They raised two children together, Anne “Annie” and Thomas III “Tommy.”
In the early 1980s, Tom moved his family from his beloved New York to follow a job opportunity in Texas. Settling in Katy, he “made accounting come alive” as a professor at Houston Community College, Prairie View A&M, and the University of Phoenix.
Preceded in death by his parents Thomas & Margaret and his sister Therese (Peter) Mikulka, Tom is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ann, his daughter Anne (Jonathan) Ladewig of Arlington, Virginia, his son Thomas A. Hoar III of Arlington, Virginia, his favorite granddaughter Madeline Ladewig, and his sister Mary Hoar, of Yonkers, N.Y.