Tom Musser, who died July 9, will be missed by not only his friends and family but by the whole community. A 1952 UHS graduate (and a Wall of Fame honoree), he was chairman and founder of The Tri-M Group.
Rather than just enjoying his success, he put his business savvy, community connections, and personal energy and charm to work for the benefit of a whole host of local organizations. To name one project dear to my own heart, he chaired the Kennett-Unionville YMCA's capital fund drive in 1996-97 and raised $5.2 million to build the Y on Race Street. Then he again chaired the capital campaign in 2011-12 that raised $3 million to expand the Y. As anyone who has every participated in a capital campaign knows, these were huge undertakings and turned out to be wonderful success stories.
Among the many tributes in the wake of his death was a heartfelt one from my friend Berta, a longtime Doe Run resident who now lives in Florida: "Losing larger-than-life people like Tom Musser creates a
major void in the community as well as in his family. It seems so very strange
that he is gone."
My condolences to his wife of 52 years, Bonnie, and his family.