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Tom Averill

Married (Holy Acrimony) to Linda

Daughter: Tanya 44

Grandchildren: Garrett 14, and Bailey 11

Occupation: Chief Financial Officer (CPA)

Tom at our 50th Reunion

I was drafted in '65 while attending OSU that led to 5 years in the Army as an Artillery Officer. I commanded an airmobile artillery assault Battery in Vietnam and on October 29, 1967 I was forced down by enemy fire while spotting air strikes from a small plane, then went up in a second plane and was shot down from the same place an hour later. From that point forward I tried to lead a conservative life, assuming I had used up all my good luck.

In '71 I resigned my Captain commission to attend Univ. of Washington, where I graduated and met my wife, Linda, a career educator. We live in Shoreline, WA where we raised our daughter Tanya.

After graduation I worked As a CPA 9 years for Price Waterhouse and then on to a career in corporate finance. As CFO I worked for several private and public companies doing “turn-arounds” and M & A work. During the dot.com froth I worked with a couple of early stage technology companies, in one case taking it public.

Some of my work found us living part time in Europe, feeding our love of travel. After retirement in 2002 we angel invested in a Beijing company where I served as CFO until arranging significant venture capital. I don't have to work now because my wife does and she has a lot more degrees and titles anyway.

We travel frequently. Our last big trip was to Vietnam and Cambodia where we toured from Hanoi to Saigon and visited the area where I was shot down in the war. Our mid winter breaks are usually in the Yucatan or Central America. Linda always has a new itinerary to spring on me, looks like Turkey is next!

We are blessed in Washington with wonderful mountains, water, kids, grand kids and friends. In winter we ski and hang out at our mountain retreat. Summer finds us afloat. We live on our boat, somewhere between Washington and Alaska, wherever the sun and fish take us.

Tom and Linda
Linda and Tom

Updated 11/2012

This website is the creation of the Website Committee of North Salem High School Graduating Class of 1962
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Shirlye Munkres Sonsteby, Carol Williams Textrum, Nancy McDaniel Shultz, Kathy Pomeroy, Nancy Welty Ramsden, Ramona Kewaygeshik Sachtler, Gary Olson