The Echoes of My Life is a series of favorite poems, vignettes and longer stories, combined with photographs chronicling my life as it unfolded. The stories are heart felt and entertaining, . Some make you laugh while others bring tears to your eyes. Through the stories, core values and beliefs are conveyed along with my gratitude and love for those who have shared and shaped my life; my parents, my grandparents, my wife, and my children. The reader is transported from the prairies of South Dakota, the roots of my Irish heritage, to growing up on on a farm in the 1920's and 30's; to joining and serving in the navy during World War II; to courting and marrying my wife, Dolores, raising a family, and becoming empty nesters; to earning my Doctorate and climbing the career ladder as an educator; to dealing and coping with family loss and finally, to entering the threshold of the final crossroads of my life. Why you would want to read my story? I believe my life stories are informational as well as inspirational. I invite all those who read these stories to do so with the hope that they find a few gems of wisdom to pass on to those who follow.
Thomas Moriarity Thomas Moriarty, the author, was born in 1923 on a farm in rural South Dakota. His pride in his parents and his Irish heritage is equal to his pride in his marriage to his wife, Dolores, and in raising their three children, Kathleen, Sean and Sheila. His life of 89 years has been full of a myriad of experiences and accomplishments. He served as an officer in the Navy for four years during World War II in the Pacific Theater and was present at the signing of the treaty that ended the war. In 1953, he earned his Doctorate from the University of Oregon and went on to serve in leadership roles in educational administration as the Chairman of the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island (1961-1969) and the Dean of the School of Education at the University of South Dakota (1969-1979). Other highlights included becoming a grandparent and buying his own 160 acre farm on the Vermillion River in South Dakota. Tom began writing his life story at 86.