Tom Morse

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Thomas D. (Tom) Morse was a local Wakefield artist, born 1 July 1927 and died 13 December 1996. The Lucius Beebe Memorial Library owns eleven of his watercolors of various buildings and scenes around town. The paintings are displayed in the corridor outside the Trustees Room on the second floor.

The following is from his obituary in the Wakefield Daily Item from Monday 16 Dec 1996: "Thomas Morse - Wakefield educator and watercolor artist - WAKEFIELD - Thomas D. Morse, noted Wakefield educator and watercolor artist, passed away Friday, Dec. 13 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness. A native of Saugus, Mr. Morse attended Saugus High School and graduated from Salem State College where he also received his master's degree in education. He began his teaching career in Wakefield in 1953, teaching history and political science at Wakefield Memorial High School and later at Lynnfield High. He retired from teaching in 1978. As a younger man, Mr Morse was very involved in downhill skiing, employed as a ski instructor at the Intervale Ski Area in New Hampshire and a member of the National Ski Patrol. Mr Morse also pursued a career in fine art, studying and painting with Don Stone of Rockport. His talent as an artist earned him numerous titles and awards. His landscapes and seascapes of New England are displayed throughout the U.S. including the U.S. State Department in Washington Dc and in Europe. He was very active in the community, serving on Wakefield's Board of Selectmen in the '50s and, in addition to teaching, was for many years a member of Wakefield's Fire Department. Mr Morse played in the Nine Twenty-Niners Banjo Club at the First Parish Congregational Church and was a member of Wakefield's Golden Rule Masonic Lodge. He also was an avid model railroader. He is survived by his wife Barbara C. (Lees), brother James Morse of Wakefield, his son, Thomas Jr. of Peaks Island, Maine, his daughter Julie Mills of Saugus, and four grandchildren, Kimberly and Thomas Morse V and Kenneth and Ellen Mills. A funeral service will be held at the First Parish Congregational Church on Tuesday at 1 pm. Relatives and friends may call at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave, Wakefield on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm."


References

List of Morse paintings owned by the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library