Tom Brown is, in his words, “an historian by training and trade. I had enjoyed a thirty-year career as an archivist at the National Archives. When I retired to Rehoboth, I didn’t want to stop working but wanted to volunteer at an historical organization. As John Buchan wrote, ‘We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.’ Having a national network of colleagues from archives, universities, and historical organizations, I asked them for suggestions on where should I volunteer. I didn’t want to waste my time but wanted my time to help “pay our debt to the past.” A friend explained to me that Rehoboth was close to Lewes which had ‘one the finest and most professionally managed local historical societies on the East Coast.’ I soon realized that my friend was correct. I also learned something that my friend didn’t tell me. Lewes has a unique history and heritage worth preserving. I can’t say that about a lot of local historical organizations. Arranging for a legacy donation to Society’s endowment is merely a continuation of trying to repay my debt to the past.”
Tom holds a Ph.D. in American History from Oklahoma State University, has appeared on over 60 programs of professional and historical associations, and authored over 35 articles in historical or professional journals and publications. He was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and has been a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists since 1989.