In Memory

Tom McCormick

Tom McCormick

 Thomas G. McCormick, 80, of Delphi, died Sept. 29, 1988, in Milner Healthcare Center at Rossville where he had resided since January 1985.
  He was born Jan. 22, 1908 in Flora, the son of Thomas "Tim" and Sarah Clark McCormick.
  He was a 1925 graduate of Delphi High School, Wabash College in 1929 and from Columbia University in 1931.  He did post graduate work at Butler University and at UCLA.
  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Delphi.  Other memberships included Oracle Club, Phi Beta Kappa at Wabash College, Wabash Foundation and Indiana State Teachers Association.
  He taught English in the Delphi High School from 1935 until his retirement in 1969.
  There are no immediate survivors, Three brothers and three sisters preceded in death.
  Services were Sunday in Delphi with Rev. Ellis Gasser officiating.  Burial was in Maple Lawn Cemetery at Flora.
  Memorials may be made to Wabash Foundation or the donor's favorite charity.
  Horn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Obituary notice taken from the Carroll County Comet, Wednesday, October 5, 1988

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09/14/09 06:07 AM #1    

Maureen Daly (Parker) (1972)

Tom was not my teacher per se since he retired after my freshman year. However, as a neighbor to the nine Daly children, he was both friend and teacher. Many evenings would find Tom on our front porch, always accompianied by his dog, Rebel. Tom would sit and chat, telling us stories about his travels, his early teaching days, and the history of Delphi. Having no grandparents I suppose Tom filled that role in our lives. He was always there for us whether it meant Christmas gifts, taking us to plays, attending weddings, or financing a class trip. He taught us to be generous, to see the humor in situations, and to keep our eyes open to the possibilities around us.

10/01/09 02:44 PM #2    

Ladonna Ruth Macy (Elliott) (1945)

Mr. McCormick was one of my favorite teachers. I can still see him standing in front of the class, with an open book in his hands and asking questions about a poem we had been assigned to read. One of them was "Ivanhoe", another was "Lady of the Lake". He made poetry and literature very interesting and exciting for me.

I moved from Delphi shortly after graduation. I have always regretted that I didn't go to see him on one of the few times that I was back for a visit.

LaDonna Macy Elliott

10/03/09 09:46 AM #3    

Luigi Conte (1966)

Mr McCormick was a great english teacher for me italian boy, so poor of english language, as I attended as AFS student D.C.H.S. (1965-1966). I remember his smile when he was trying to teach me english. Thanks to him I was able to make good progress in american-english. He invited me at a dinner, and we talked a lot of our cultural background. He was outstanding. He was able to cummunicate with me and let me be comfortable, whatever I was doing. Now when I read the literature school books of that year I have him in my mind, as he is still teaching me english. He gave me the first english dictionary at Xmas time.
Thanks Mr. Tom

03/13/10 10:01 PM #4    

Constance Riley (Rodenbarger) (1969)

I had Mr. McCormick for a very short time my Senior year. I was saddened that he became ill that year, and I enjoyed the time he taught us.

10/05/14 12:00 PM #5    

Luanna Foust (Warner) (1968)

No teacher encouraged me to pursue writing more than Mr. McCormick. I will always be thankful to him for that. You are sorely missed, Mr. McCormick.

01/19/19 08:06 AM #6    

Nancy Bradshaw (Danley) (1959)

One of the very best teachers I ever had.  In Senior English, he required a 500 word essay very day for at least one semester.  Imagine all the grading he had to do!  Worked for me, though, and I became an English major at IU because I loved to read and thanks to Mr McCormick, could write fairly easily. I did go see him and thank him many years ago; glad I did that.

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