Deceased April 3, 2019

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In Memory

For a fellow born in Massachusetts and who was living in New York City when he came to Amherst, Tad chose a very different locale for his life after graduation. His father founded and was president of the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, and Tad served on its Board of Trustees until the fall of 1970.

He received his M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and then became a trick roper and leather tooler. (Maybe some classmate can tell us how/why he made that switch.) He studied under the best to become a world-renowned saddle maker.

He owned Tad’s Saddlery and Western Wear in Houston from 1953 to 1962 and then did post-graduate work in the spring of 1963 in journalism at the University of Houston and was editor of the Conroe Courier from 1963 to 1967.

Tad then joined the Cordovan Corp. and became the advertising manager and editor of Horseman magazine and later developed and published Western Outfitter for the western apparel trade. He authored three books in this field and A Lifetime with Boots with Sam Lucchese.

He won many awards for his outstanding services and contributions to the Western industry, served on many committees with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Association, was an elder of his church and sang in the choir for 40 years.

In his “retirement,” he did much charity work and started his saddle making again, this time perfecting historical life-size and 40 percent scale miniature saddles commissioned by various museums in the United States. One exhibit he did, for the Witte Museum of San Antonio, traveled all over the country. He died peacefully on April 3, 2019, at age 91. A most interesting and quite different career from most of our class.

Gerry Reilly ’49