June 16, 1933 ~ April 28, 2017
Thomas Fillmore Brinton, 83, of Redondo Beach, California, passed away April 28, 2017 due to age-related health complications. He is survived by his wife Patricia and three children, Stephanie Ann, Thomas Craig, and Anthony Paul, and grandchildren Kyle Thomas, Samantha Ann, and Antoine Charles, and great grandson Cody Thomas Starr.
Tom was born in Elk Falls, Kansas on June 16, 1933, the only child of Thomas D. Brinton and Esther M. (Arnall) Brinton. He moved to Wichita, Kansas at the age of five and spent summers in Elk Falls with family friends Fred and Cordie Kasson on their farm; he referred to them as aunt and uncle, though they were not related. He enjoyed his time there riding his quarter horse Major with Fred and Cordie's grandson Robin.
At Wichita High School North, Tom played violin and French horn in the school orchestra. His mother claimed he played by ear without the aid of sheet music. He developed a lifelong love for classical music, especially baroque composers Bach, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and romantic composers Brahms, Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart.
Tom attended Wichita State University graduating in Spring 1955 with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. As well, he held a teaching fellowship, while pursuing graduate studies in the Sociology department. At university he met his future wife Patricia Ann Holl. He spent junior and senior years in ROTC and entered the United States Air Force in fall 1955 as a Second Lieutenant. He had a two-year commission and remained in Air Force Reserve until June 18, 1974 when he received an Honorable Discharge as a Captain.
Tom and Patricia married on November 11, 1956 in Wichita. Soon after, Tom was stationed in Cambria, CA for one year as an air traffic controller. The newlyweds enjoyed their time in Cambria and remembered it fondly always.
Tom built a career as an Urban Planner, and Director for numerous programs in the Federal Government and private sector think-tanks. Career high points include the Model Cities program in Wichita, and the Riverfront Redevelopment Project in Omaha, Nebraska. He retired from the federal government as Chief of the Natural and Technological Hazards Division of the district nine regional office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In retirement he worked as a newspaper columnist, book salesman, and clothier.
Tom was an avid reader, with a penchant for espionage stories. A notoriously quick reader, he leveraged his local library for a constant supply of books. He was fascinated with, and extremely knowledgeable of, domestic and world politics and maintained a sharp critical eye on national politics to the end.
He loved dining out, was always impeccably dressed, charming and handsome; in any social setting Tom was quick with an amusing anecdote or off-color joke. We will always carry his memory in our hearts.
Memorial services are scheduled for 10 am Monday, May 8 at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, and will be officiated by Rev. Rachel Nyback.
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