Thomas Mountain – An Essay in Architecture
Thomas Mountain stands tall over Southern California’s Garner and Anza Valleys. Although less known than its more renowned counterpart, San Jacinto Mountains, Thomas Mountain still commands an imposing presence.
Hike from Valley Woods Road parking area to Bolton Landing on this three-mile, roundtrip hike along a wide dirt road marked with blue ribbons tied around trees.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Fitzpatrick was a typical mountain man. Like Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith and Kit Carson before him, Thomas Fitzpatrick was an adept trapper, explorer and Indian fighter; yet unlike them all was also highly educated with a keen desire for success. Though initially his early years were marked with struggle he managed to forge a lucrative career for himself and his family: as an expert stonecutter as well as being well known teacher in Asheville North Carolina.
Thomas has written extensively for medical publications on caring for vulnerable patients and providing primary musculoskeletal care in primary care settings. Additionally, he currently serves as a tenured professor of Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine.
In 2021, he was part of Team Sky and played a pivotal role in helping Chris Froome take home the Tour de France victory. He won both stages on their respective ways – winning stage 1 before placing second at Col du Tourmalet for overall second place overall finisher status.
At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he won bronze in road race and gold in team pursuit events. He enjoys an ongoing relationship with Tom Ritchey – an internationally recognized bicycle component manufacturer – as well as many major sponsors, such as Cabot Creamery Co-operative. Furthermore, he initiated CyberStart as a free program that trains high school students in cybersecurity.
Achievement and Honors
On Monday, nearly 70 Mount students were honored for their academic accomplishments at an Aquinas, Ralph and Boyle Scholar induction ceremony. Mount President Jason N. Adsit and Sr. Catherine Walsh ’70, OP director of the Catholic Dominican Institute congratulated these scholars for a job well done before giving each one honor cords for graduation day.
The Mountain Cat Award for Program of the Year honors student organizations that have conducted programs this year that have had a positive impact on both members and campus community. Each organization is invited to nominate a program; winners receive both a monetary award as well as their name being placed on a plaque in R.M. Cooper Library.
After an exhausting journey Thomas arrived at his family’s home in Asheville, North Carolina and named it Monticello after the mountain in Virginia where he had played as a child. Over the next forty years he would rebuild it into something greater, calling it his essay in architecture.
He became interested in Asian religions and promoted East-West monastic dialogue, he also championed civil rights and nonviolence issues and died on December 10, 1968 near Bangkok, Thailand.
In his later years, he succumbed to tuberculosis. First visiting a sanatorium and then a hospital for care, before finally being sent back to Abbey of Gethsemani for more intensive therapy before finally succumbing at age 37 due to complications related to his disease and being laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery of Asheville.
Thomas has maintained his personal life behind closed doors, remaining tight-lipped about any details regarding his family life. He is married and has one child named Sam; Thomas also enjoys mountain biking and has participated in multiple competitions over time.
His net worth stands at approximately $5 Million, amassed through career earnings and endorsement deals.
He has earned money through real estate and stock investments since 2017. Since 2017, he has made multiple trades in the stock market and exercised over 695 units of Atmos stock worth $396,504. In addition to working with Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy from Aspen who lives nearby to increase his net worth even further, and investing in numerous startups.