Tom McGrath, 80

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Thomas McGrath was born on February 1, 1936 and passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Thomas was a resident of New Paltz, New York at the time of his passing.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University in Wisconsin Tom received a scholarship for graduate studies at Boston College via WGBH TV.

From Paul Noble:

Tom was a colleague at WGBH-TV in the early days of public TV. Great worker with a fine sense of humor.

From Dick McCullough:

Tom was  a wonderful guy (and ever-timeless partner in MBM Productions and it’s fabulous Milwaukee film “The Music Box”). Will always have great memories of him and wife Bobby, who departed much too early.

From Don Hallock:

Here are two photos from A Time To Dance showing Tom McGrath.

In number 1, Tom is seated on the right. Left to right: Don Hallock – camera, Al Kelman – crane operator, and Tom – dolly man.

A Time To Dance 1

In number 2 left to right: Geoffrey Holder – dancer, Al Kelman – crane operator, Don Hallock – camera, and Tom – dolly man. Both photos by Brooks Leffler. (Note Kelman seems still to be active as a producer)

A Time To Dance 2

Sorry to hear the news. Tom was, in no uncertain terms, a hale-fellow-well-met. A fine person.

From the 2000 WGBH Reunion:


Dinner with the 1959 crew at Legal Seafood.


Ruth Barzyk and Fred with former “roomie” Tom McGrath.


Tom and Don Hallock with Ruth Barzyk

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