Thomas Lent has held various leadership roles within several community organizations, such as Youth Center. This nonprofit offers low-cost afterschool programs, tutoring services, music instruction classes and leadership academy to children at risk. Thomas also lectures to physicians about risk management and HIV.
On March 3rd, Ash Wednesday officially kicked off Lent, marking a 40-day religious observance to prepare Christians for Easter.
Early Life and Education
Thomas found great inspiration from his grandfather, who ran several businesses himself and taught him an impressive work ethic.
Thomas was sent to Naples’ studium generale in 1239, studying under Dominican friars such as Albert the Great who pioneered combining Christian theology with Greek and Arabic philosophy. Here he met Aristotle (whose Latin translation had recently become available) Averroes, Maimonides all of whom would influence his future theological philosophy.
Thomas began his real musical education a few blocks from school at Maxwell Street Market, where legendary blues musicians such as Tampa Red and Big Maceo Merriweather regularly performed makeshift stages for tips. Thomas soon found a band to back him and play together for decades to come.
Thomas Lent is an esteemed attorney who practices law in the areas of medical malpractice (physician and healthcare provider defense), nursing home/long term care provider liability, physician disciplinary action defense and employment law. Additionally, Thomas offers insurance/declaratory judgment defense as well as general liability, products liability litigation as well as commercial litigation services.
Tom is a member of the American Bar Association, Florida Bar, Pennsylvania State Bar and Philadelphia County Bars and has spoken and written extensively on legal issues in these fields. Additionally, he currently works at Kleinberg Kaplan Wolff & Cohen P.C. as a partner at their boutique law firm providing practical yet business-minded legal counsel for investors, entrepreneurs and other businesses based out of Philadelphia PA.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Lent won the George M. Barley Conservationist of the Year Award in 2010 for his ability to present technical data clearly to decision-makers involved with Everglades restoration, while also featuring prominently in A Broken Land, a short eco-documentary which explores human impacts on Florida wilderness areas.
In 2014, he served as co-host of ESPN’s The Jump with Michael Searpelli and is responsible for maintaining the Lent Madness bracket and several podcasts.
He and Neva have one child and reside in Yucaipa, California. As an active member of the Episcopal Church he has also served as pastor; additionally he has written numerous books including Digital Discipleship: Real Christianity in the Virtual World.
Thomas Lent is married with four children. In addition, he is active within the veteran community having served in both American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars units as well as Elks Club and Moose Lodge memberships.
In 1999, Dave Clark released his debut album on Cannonball Records called South Side Story. Backed by Crazy House Band and including three-piece sax section led by Dave Clark himself, it received critical acclaim and became an enormous success.
Thomas Lent was laid to rest at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside, California and is survived by his wife Phyllis and daughters Susan Lent Toole and Dr. Paula Lent of Chattahoochee, Florida as well as brother Paul Lent from Syracuse New York.
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Thomas was a self-made entrepreneur with an eye for opportunity, who began his career running nightclubs before expanding to produce signature coffee blends and founding Medicaid service provider AmeriChoice which eventually grew into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Thomas died surrounded by family on November 2, 2020 at 88 and was remembered for his wit and generosity by those attending his funeral service. His obituary noted the same attributes.