On Sunday November 18, 2018, Thomas McGinnis, beloved and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 76 at home.
He was born to Angus and Dolores McGinnis in Jamestown, NY on October 7, 1942. He received a BA degree from Creighton University and an MS and PhD in Philosophy from Saint Louis University. He found his calling in guiding and mentoring hundreds of students in academic advising at Saint Louis University. His career at the university spanned over 40 years and included time as Dean of the department. He remained engaged with philosophy by teaching intermittently in the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University, as well as at Belleville Area College.
On January 15, 1972, he married Joan Marie Falke, and they raised two daughters, Sara (Lee) and Katie (Stuhlsatz) in Webster Groves, Missouri.
As he approached retirement, he pursued his appreciation of beauty through painting. He also took up classical piano lessons and played duplicate bridge. Probably most of all he enjoyed special time with his grandchildren, Patrick & Dominic Lee, and Claire & Gabby Stuhlsatz. He volunteered his time with social ministry at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church. He was a lifelong learner and an avid reader. His friends and family knew him as extraordinarily thoughtful and gentle.
Tom is survived by his wife, daughters, sons-in-law Kevin Lee and Paul Stuhlsatz, and grandchildren. He is remembered with deep fondness by long-time friends Judy and Ed Carlson and their family, and dear friend Linda Menzel.
A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 24 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church at Saint Louis University at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. A celebration of life will be held in December. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Social Ministry Committee at St. Francis Xavier Church (sfxstl.org), the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org) or Mid-America Transplant (midamericatransplant.org).