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Thomas M. Melvin

July 18, 1935 — March 13, 2020

Thomas M. Melvin

Dr. Thomas M. Melvin, Ed.D., 84, a longtime resident of Stoughton, died peacefully at the Village at Willow Crossing in Mansfield on Friday, March 13, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Helen C. (Flynn) Melvin. Son of the late David Melvin and Mary (Morrissey) Walsh and stepson of the late John (Jack) Walsh. He was a graduate of Commerce High School in Dorchester, Class of 1953. At age 17, Tom joined the Paratrooper's 11th Airborne Division at the end of the Korean War. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Boston University, his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, CAS in Education from Harvard University and his Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Proudly born in Dorchester, Tom resided in Stoughton for 52 years.

Tom was a project manager at Harvard University for 28 years and at the same time, a professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He retired at the age of 78. Tom was also the author of two books including "Danny's Tavern" (a collection of neighborhood stories of Dorchester) and "Practical Psychology in Construction Management." He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Tom enjoyed mountain hiking and climbed in the White Mountains, Smokey Mountains, Rockies, Canadian Rockies, Alaska, Oregon, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. His favorite mountain was the Matterhorn in Switzerland. He also enjoyed jogging (with jump boots and a backpack of rocks), writing, reading, photography and his dogs, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Tom is survived by his children, John J. "Jack" Melvin and his wife Jean of Bridgewater, Brian T. Melvin of Atlanta, GA, Janet M. Mullert and her husband Kenneth of Mansfield and Timothy M. Melvin and his wife Denise of Foxboro, as well as his grandchildren, Christopher, Cassidy and Meghan Melvin, Julia and Jack Mullert and Heleana, Dylan and Alec Melvin. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Regina Donovan, Gloria Whalen, Mary Hilliard, David, John, James and Paul Melvin. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Due to the coronavirus, the funeral will be held at a later date which the family will make everyone aware of. Expressions of sympathy may be made in honor of Tom to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. (www.woundedwarriorproject.org)
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