A Profile of Tom Musser
Musser has transformed Tri-M Group LLC, named for his brothers Tom, Dick and Harry as an industry-leading electrical solutions provider in Kennett Square serving clients such as DuPont and JPM Morgan Chase.
He contributed his time and resources to multiple community and industry associations, was an active season ticket holder at Western Tennessee football since 1980, and donated to several scholarship funds for students living in residence halls.
Early Life and Education
Musser was raised in Wood County, Ohio by his parents – his father being a railroad worker and mother Nellie working as a domestic servant – who made ends meet by raising eight children together; tragically though they lost one at an early age due to tuberculosis; which further contributed to financial strain for this couple.
Thomas joined the military following completion of high school education, earning chief quartermaster status while in the Navy. Later he attended medical school at University of Pennsylvania before later moving to Unionville Pennsylvania to practice medicine for 40 years; revered by patients for making house calls even in severe snowstorms; also active supporter of United States Naval Institute.
“Doc” is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and certified Invisalign provider. He and his wife Debbie reside in Woodbury, Minnesota with their son Jon studying veterinary medicine at Michigan State University as an undergraduate graduate student and their daughter Ellie graduating high school soon.
His expertise led him to testify numerous times before Congress on business and construction matters, meeting three times with President George W. Bush to discuss independent businesses’ needs, as well as serving on various national professional organizations as a member or officer.
Musser graduated from Unionville High School in 1952 and today is the founder-CEO of Tri-M Group, an electrical solutions provider. Additionally, he serves on the Chester County Hospital Foundation board and has been an active participant with both Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce and Kennett Square Rotary at Longwood.
Achievement and Honors
He is the author of three books and over twenty articles on various aspects of film history, theory and criticism. Since 1992 he has taught at Yale, teaching university-level courses about Errol Morris’ films as well as organizing an exploration of family photography.
Musser has long been active in his community. This includes serving as President of Kennett-Unionville YMCA capital fund campaigns in 1996 and 1997 and Chairing their 2011 and 2012 Capital campaigns; being an active member of Rotary Club Kennett Square as well as being on boards such as Brandywine Valley Chamber of Commerce and Chester County Economic Development Council.
He leaves behind his wife Louise Musser, daughter Creighton, and grandson, as well as three sisters, numerous nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
Tom Musser lived a full and enriching life. He taught on both high school and college levels, worked for the Department of Natural Resources, was an avid hunter and raised saler/angus cattle on his ranch in Espanola.
He was an active philanthropist who gave both time and money to organizations throughout Kennett Square and Chester County. In particular, he served on the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce board before serving as President of Kennett Square Rotary Club.
He was happily married for 52 years to Bonnie Anderson Musser and was blessed with two children: daughter Traci Musser Bauguess and husband Ronald E. Bauguess from Kennett Square; and son Thomas Musser who resided with their families near Kennett Square. Additionally he had three grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Musser was recognized for his business expertise when he testified before Congress multiple times regarding business and construction matters. Additionally, President George W. Bush requested meetings between them three separate times regarding issues facing independent businesses.
He was dedicated to both his family and community in Chester County, leading many associations in Kennett Square area and giving both time and treasure to better others’ lives.
Musser passed away peacefully at Brethren Village on October 12th 2020 after 69 years of marriage, leaving behind his devoted wife Bonnie Anderson Musser; son Creighton Thomas Musser and future daughter-in-law Tiffany as well as beloved grandson Nolan Thomas as well as two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews to mourn his loss. All who knew him will miss him dearly.