Thomas Barber Towers, 85


Thomas Barber Towers passed away in Feb. 3, 2024 at the age of 85. 

Thomas Barber Towers

He was born June 9, 1938 to Jane Barber Ward and Thomas Hertzler Towers. He was the stepson of Wm Ballard Ward. He had one brother, John R. Towers of Boston, Mass. and one sister, Jane Ward of Cape Cod, Mass.

Tom attended St. Marks School, in Southborough, Mass. from 1949-53 and ultimately graduated from Manhasset H.S. in the Class of 1955. We went on to graduate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs at Princeton University, Class of 1959.

Tom was a commissioned lieutenant of U.S. Marine Corps, served in Quantico, Va., Okinawa and Camp Pendleton, Cal. He went on to marry Joan Kay Lanquist of Loomis, Neb. on Dec. 28, 1962. Tom graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School then started his career at IBM, before moving on to a number of High Technology Companies. In 1990 he joined Infonet – Telecommunication and Service Corp and spent five years as General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Following his passion of lacrosse, Tom served as a director of the U.S. LACROSSE Foundation and was a co-founder of the New Canaan Lacrosse Association.

Tom was a long time member of the Congregational Church in New Canaan where he twice served on the Board of Trustees and was a volunteer in a mentoring program with Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk.

He was a member of the Princeton Club of NY and the Country Club of New Canaan. He retired in January of 2004 and joined the International Executive Service Corps as a volunteer. He also served as the first President of Staying Put in New Canaan, providing support to senior adults so they age in place at home.

He is survived by two sons and five grandchildren.

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  1. As the first President of Staying Put in New Canaan Tom served with grace, patience and humor, and fortitude. It was his courage that earned the name “Fearless” thanks to another former Board member, Jim The Hero Holliday. Tom is already missed by many. We were so lucky to have known him.

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