Tom Weigel was an influential poet and publisher from the mimeo revolutionaries of the 1970s and 80s, serving as editor for Tangerine magazine and founder/publisher of Andrea Doria Books.
He earned his degree at UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN/ MADISON and had over 27 years of experience. Specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Weigel was born and raised on Long Island. He attended Northport High School where he served on their newspaper staff while also reporting and writing for Long Island Daily News.
He went on to work at both corporate and hospital levels for many years. Specializing in quality improvement and outcomes measurement, as well as acting as associate medical director at McLean Hospital (the largest psychiatric facility in Boston).
He joined the Children’s Heart Foundation’s Medical Advisory Council as a founding member in 1996, helping shape its future direction. An avid mountain biker and farmer, Weigel also used his produce to ship directly to his grandchildren across the country. Weigel was an expert on aviation engines specifically Pratt & Whitney engines.
Weigel has held various leadership roles during his professional career, such as acting as associate medical director at McLean Hospital – the largest psychiatric facility at Harvard Medical School – where he oversaw quality improvement and outcomes measurement across a range of programs, in addition to creating an electronic patient-reported outcomes measurement system that gives healthcare leaders insight into how their teams performed.
He was also instrumental in founding the Children’s Heart Foundation Medical Advisory Council in 1996 and continues to play an influential role in shaping our organization as a whole. Now living on a farm in rural Vermont with his wife, two children, and nine pets he remains an influential voice within it all.
Weigel finds great joy in hiking and mountain biking on local trails as well as writing poetry – being featured in over 150 poetry publications since 1966!
Achievement and Honors
Tom Weigel attended Roosevelt Elementary School in Bismarck before attending Hughes Junior High and Bismarck Senior High School – graduating with his high school diploma. Following this, he completed basic training with the 191st Military Police Company of the North Dakota National Guard in South Carolina.
Weigel distinguished herself at SUNY Potsdam by competing on both its basketball and women’s lacrosse teams, becoming one of the most accomplished two-sport athletes ever seen at the college. She won multiple awards before being honored as an All-Academic for both sports.
Margaret Wall was her roommate and teammate during Weigel’s final three years at Potsdam; together they were part of a team which won a SUNYAC Championship title together. Athletic success was only equaled by academic excellence for Weigel.
Tom enjoyed spending his free time with family and friends. Together, he and Freda raised four children and many grand-children. Together they enjoyed card games like hearts, 500 and Uno as well as traveling and camping trips. Tom was an active member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana.
He served on the inaugural Medical Advisory Council for Children’s Heart Foundation, an integral component of its success and would not exist today without its members.
He was also an avid reader and poet, publishing his work in small mimeograph magazines as well as reading it at various venues across the United States and reading at over 150 events a year. His poems can now be found in over 150 publications, leaving behind son and daughters to mourn him.
Weigel has written extensively on various subjects, such as religious liberty, cultural conservatism and American foreign policy. He co-founded and served as president of the James Madison Foundation; is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; was founding editor of First Things (a Catholic neoconservative journal that promotes a religiously informed public philosophy for ordering society);
At his divorce hearing, Weigel was awarded ownership in LDL Spotless, LDL Clean and LDL Properties businesses that operate a ServiceMaster franchise, janitorial cleaning service and Monster Vac respectively from their Minot shop condo office building location; these operations realized a $600K gain when sold during his divorce proceeding.