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Catholic Leaders Mourn Death of Thomas Aquinas College President

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April 22, 2009 - 11:34 PDT

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SANTA PAULA, CA (APRIL 22, 2009) - The Catholic Business Journal's article on the tragic death of Thomas E. Dillon, Ph.D., president of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., features select remarks from Catholic leaders and alumni nationwide.

This memorial article includes comments from Mike McLean, Ph.D., dean of the college, Fred Ruopp, founder and CEO of Chelsea Management Company, a columnist for the Catholic Business Journal, named one of the Top 20 value-oriented managers in the U.S. according to Kiplinger's, and a 30-year board member of the college; James L. Barrett, founder and CEO of Montelena Winery in Napa Valley, and others.

Dr. Dillon, 62, had served as president of the college for 18 years, raising more than $100 million and building out much of the campus, including its spectacular Chapel--Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary--which was dedicated last month. He personally built a relationship with a myriad of Catholic cardinals and bishops nationally and internationally, with top-ranking Catholic business leaders, and with both Pope John Paul II, with whom he and his wife met twice and who blessed the college chapel plans, and Pope Benedict XVI, who blessed the chapel cornerstone.

"Ultimately, Tom's death is a shock and a wake-up call," reflects Karen Walker, founder and publisher of the Catholic Business Journal. "All of our work, all of our business acumen, all that we are belongs to God -- no matter what industry we move in, no matter what corporate position we hold, no matter how seemingly great or insignificant our work. The point of life is to surrender our will to His, to never forget at what cost our eternal salvation has been purchased, and to be at our post; at the post God invites us to embrace. Tom Dillon, as a teacher, husband, father, dean and long-serving college president, exemplified such a life."

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Dr. Dillon is survived by his wife, Terri, four children and 15 grandchildren. In the new college chapel, the Rosary is slated for Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 pm and, following an all-night vigil, the funeral will be on Friday, April 24, at 10:00 am.

To read this article, go to: http://www.catholicbusinessjournal.biz/Blogs/?p=130

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