TomMaher.JPGI’m very sad to report that Tom Maher–my dear friend, mentor and former NU managing editor–passed away on Feb. 13 at the age of 77. I took over Tom’s position in 1986 when he left to pursue a second career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. I would never have been promoted without Toms support and mentoring, and we remained close friends for over 26 years, swapping stories about baseball and insurance with equal enthusiasm. Read on to learn more about this remarkable person, and feel free to join other friends and former colleagues in reminiscing in the comment section below.

Tom Maher was the first to greet me when I joined National Underwriter back in 1981, offering to clue me in on the real story behind the scenes in the industry and our company over beers at Macks & Jacks, the local watering hole.

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