June 15, 1920 ~ July 29, 2008
Doctor, father, husband, and former Marine; C. Thomas McGraw passed away early Tuesday morning. He was 88 years old.
A native Californian, Tom was born in Redondo Beach in 1920. At age 17 he joined the CTMC, a branch of the U.S. Army. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 he enlisted in the Navy, from which he was transferred to the Marine Corps. As a member of the Second Division, he was part of the seige and campaign at Guadalcanal. After the war he entered medical school at Louisiana State University, where he graduated at the top of his class. Following his graduation, he served in the Merchant Marine, an arm of the Coast Guard; he served in every branch of the extant armed services.
Following his time in the Merchant Marine he returned to the United States, completed a residency in radiology, and married Eva Marie Begovich. While he was working for the Public Health Service, he and Eva lived in Leavenworth, Kansas, and Zuni, New Mexico. Their first child, Terrence Thomas, was born in 1953 while they were living in Atlanta, Georgia. They moved back to southern California where their daughter, Susan Erin, was born in 1957. Tom joined the new Torrance Memorial Hospital, where he founded the department of radiology. He retired in 1980.
He was a passionate lover of many things: swing music, all animals, his family, the ocean. He is remembered with great love by his wife and children, his daughter-in-law Polly McGraw and son-in-law Andrew Hudgins, his grandchildren Molly, Milo, and Keith, and his great-granddaughter Brooklyn.
A memorial mass will be celebrated Saturday August 2 at 12:00 pm at St Lawrence Martyr Catholic church in Redondo Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Christian Appalachian Project (www.chrisapp.org).
Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle