Tom, you’re just 50 – still a kid, by today’s standards. Probably about mid-point. Time to take stock and decide exactly where you want to steer this thing, your life. For decades you’ve served as a benchmark for talent and promise. When I write letters for other young people from whom I expect to see great things, my highest praise is to say that they might be in the same class as the young man (unnamed) whose promise seemed greatest. No one has quite topped you, and the few who have come close have been remarkable. I’m happy for you and Gretchen – you seemed to be natural partners when I met Gretchen over two decades ago.
Dan Wikler, friend and former professor of Tom’s at the University of Wisconsin
Mary B. Saltonstall Professor
Professor of Ethics and Population Health Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard School of Public Health