Streckewald Memorial Golf Classic Event History Celebrated
Tom Streckewald came to Thomas Edison State University in 1978, as a program advisor to students in the applied and natural sciences, technology, and math degree programs. Four years later, he was named the school’s director of development. Four years after that, he was appointed the director of institutional planning, research and outcomes assessment.
On his 45th birthday, March 26, 1994, he and a coworker were in a car accident. In addition to his wife and two young sons, he left colleagues and friends who had encountered him in countless civic and professional roles. He was the chairman of the Princeton Chamber and a board member of Trenton Renaissance; the chairman of the Pennsbury School District’s Redistricting Task Force; a director of the Lower Makefield Township Swim Team; a seven-year coach of Pennsbury Athletic Association baseball teams; and the vice-chairman of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education’s General Intellectual Skills Committee.
“The Tom was a scientist by training, who graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in neurobiology and behavior, and received his M.S. in biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he served as coordinator of laboratory services before joining Thomas Edison. He was a cheerleader by nature, always eager to pitch in to help with programs and causes he believed in. He couldn’t help being an ambassador for Thomas Edison wherever he was.
The Thomas C. Streckewald Memorial Golf Classic was organized the year following his death to support an endowment to fund university programs and professional development opportunities for university staff. The current market value of the Streckewald Fund is more than $710,000.
“The Thomas Edison State University Foundation is proud to have Tom’s family involved with the outing each year,” said Misty Isak, associate vice president of Development at the University. “With the collaboration and support of his wife, Cathie, who serves as the honorary chair of the Committee and sons Kevin and Daniel, who serve as committee members, all are devoted to making the event a success for the University as ‘Team Streck.’”