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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Apr 26, 2008

Do you remember Tom Spalding? If you’ve lived in Estherville for any period of time or ever had anything to do with Iowa Lakes Community College, you do.

Tom served as Iowa Lakes Community College registrar for most of the last half of his career until he retired six years ago. You never saw him without a smile and he was always quick with a compliment or a joke. He just plain made all the people around him feel better about the day they were having.

Instructors who may have been a little late with their grades and went to Tom with their tails between their legs were met with an understanding smile and remark, “Well, turn them in when you can.”

Tom was also a great musician. He was a member of the Iowa Lakes’ Jazz Band, community band, gave private lessons, and supported the music department.

He also enjoyed chewing the fat with the guys every Saturday morning at Mel Breyfogle’s radio shop. You might say Tom was a classic guy, and he fit right in at such a classic place.

Tom passed away unexpectedly in March. No one expected it, in fact. And we miss him terribly.

The Iowa Lakes Community College is dedicating its spring concert to Tom for his devotion to the college. The concert will include the Iowa Lakes’ Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, and Jazz Band. The concert will be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the MAX, the Iowa Lakes student center, on the Estherville campus.

The concert is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Tom would be there…in fact, he probably will be.