Class Awards 2013
Dartmouth College

Recognizes with Deep Appreciation
the Extraordinary Achievements of

Thomas V.A. Kelsey '54
2013 Gift Planning Chair of the Year

Thomas V.A. Kelsey '54, we recognize you as a dedicated and energetic voice of Dartmouth among the alumni and officers of the Class of 1954.

Through your personal commitment and volunteer service as Gift Planning Chair of your class, as well as your willingness to be a leader in teaching your peers about the importance of thoughtful estate planning, you exemplify the wonderful financial and philanthropic benefits of gift planning for the individual, for Dartmouth, and for other charities.

As a Dartmouth student, you were an active member of the Delta Tau Delta/Bones Gate fraternity and men's swimming. You graduated Dartmouth with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and, in 1967, from the program for management development at Harvard Business School.

You served your country in the Army Medical Service Corps before launching a career in the insurance industry, where you quickly became a leader in the fire, marine, and casualty business. In addition to your professional career, which included serving on several industry boards, you have been an active participant in the communities in which you have lived and the churches you have attended. Through the years, your volunteer record at the College has been exceptional, including terms as class and club president, newsletter editor and 1954 Reunion Committee member, class agent and Campaign For Dartmouth Leadership Committee member, and Dickey Endowment Executive Committee member and board visitor. You were a recipient of the Class of 1954 Award, are currently on the Reunion Giving Committee for your upcoming 60th reunion, and, since 2009, have served as class gift planning chair.

And so, in grateful recognition of your long and devoted service to the Class of 1954, to Dartmouth, and especially to its gift planning program, the Association of Gift Planning Chairs is proud to recognize you as Huius anni principe captatorum, or Gift Planning Chair of the Year, and the 37th recipient of the Ford Whelden '25 and Robert Kaiser '39 Award.