Resolution J5610-2013

Mourning the death of Thomas M. Jacobs, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Jun 3, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 30, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning the death of Thomas M. Jacobs, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Thomas M. Jacobs of Glens Falls, New York, died on  Thursday,
April 10, 2014 at the age of 87; and
  WHEREAS,  The  son of Milton and Minna Wagner Jacobs, Thomas M. Jacobs
was born August 14, 1926, in Montreal, Canada; shortly after his  birth,
he and his family moved to Berlin, New Hampshire; and
  WHEREAS,  Thomas  M.  Jacobs  graduated  from Gould Academy in Bethel,
Maine in 1944, and enlisted as a member of the United States Army  where
he served honorably in Okinawa and Japan for two years; and
  WHEREAS,  Upon  returning  from  military  service,  this esteemed man
enrolled in Middlebury College, where he  graduated  with  a  degree  in
geology with honors; and
  WHEREAS,  In  August  1949,  Thomas  M.  Jacobs married his Middlebury
College classmate, Marilyn Mulholland of Wellsville, New York; and
  WHEREAS, From early childhood, Thomas M. Jacobs  was  an  avid  skier,
proficient  in  all  four  disciplines  of ski racing, including slalom,
downhill,  cross-country  and  jumping;  he  competed  successfully  all
through  high  school and college, won skimeister trophies, and earned a
place on the Middlebury team that won the 1948 National Collegiate Cham-
pionships; and
  WHEREAS, While working on his masters  degree  at  the  University  of
Colorado,  Thomas  M.  Jacobs was selected to join the United States Ski
Team at the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo, Norway; he placed  21st  in  the
Nordic combined jumping and cross-country event; and
  WHEREAS,  After  the  Olympics,  he was hired as Colorado University's
first full-time ski coach; during his tenure as ski coach, he served  as
chairman  of  the  NCAA committee on skiing and authored the NCAA rules;
  WHEREAS, Thomas  M.  Jacobs  became  the  executive  director  of  the
National  Ski  Association after finishing his coaching career; in addi-
tion, he served as director of the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce
and Winter Sports Club; and
  WHEREAS, In 1958, Thomas M. Jacobs moved  with  his  family  to  Glens
Falls, where he was employed as a sales representative for Finch & Pruyn
Paper Company for 11 years; and
  WHEREAS,  This  remarkable man remained active in the world of skiing,
owning the Inside Edge Ski and Bike shop and a catalog  business,  Reli-
able Racing Supply; he also founded the ski school at West Mountain, the
Southern Adirondack Racing League and the Friends of Coles Woods; and
  WHEREAS,  Thomas M. Jacobs distinguished himself in his profession and
by his sincere dedication and substantial  contribution  to  the  skiing
community;  he  was  recognized  for  his  many  contributions  with  an
induction into the National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2007; and
  WHEREAS, Thomas M. Jacobs's commitment to excellence, and  his  spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Predeceased  by his sister, Louise Richter, Thomas M. Jacobs
is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his three  children,  Jeffrey,  Diana,
and John (Susan Ide); his seven grandchildren, Jocelin (Jason), Courtney
(Ernest),  Thembi  (Jamal),  Zuri (Justin), Jena, John "Jake" Jacobs and
Hannah (Thye); as well as 12 great-grandchildren; and

  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Thomas  M.  Jacobs  leaves  behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Thomas M. Jacobs, distinguished citizen  and  devoted
member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Thomas M. Jacobs.


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