Thomas McKeon – A Lawyer With a Passion For History
Tom McKeon was an ordinary workingman with an avid thirst for knowledge. This made him an excellent historian.
McKeon began his tenure with Tulsa Community College as an instructor of Horticulture before serving in various administrative capacities including Dean of Instruction, Provost for two campuses and Executive Vice President before eventually being named President in 2004.
Early Life and Education
McKeon was born in Kilmacranny, Roscommon and attended a one-room schoolhouse that catered to local farming community. A brilliant student with a deep love of reading books, he soon fell deeply in love with Una Flanagan and courted her for 10 years before finally accepting his proposal of marriage.
While in Chicago, McKeon took animation, painting and photography classes at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as working on commercials.
McKeon served as president of Tulsa Community College from 2005-08, prior to which he founded and served as founding executive director of City Year Tulsa (an AmeriCorps affiliate program that assists high school graduation). Additionally, he serves on multiple professional and civic boards throughout Oklahoma.
Thomas McKeon has been practicing law for over two decades at Butler McKeon & Associates, PA located in Baltimore Maryland and specializing in General Litigation cases.
He has held various leadership roles within higher education. Beginning as an instructor at Tulsa Community College, he went on to fill numerous administrative roles like Dean of Instruction, Provost for two campuses and Executive Vice President.
McKeon is also an avid baseball fan, having managed the Minnesota Twins Triple-A affiliate Vancouver Mounties of the Pacific Coast League from 2007 until 2011. From 1949 through 1954 he played professionally in minor league baseball for Pittsburgh Pirates (minors). Played 116 games in Class-D Alabama State League; had an batting average of.251. And currently serves on Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Board as member.
Achievement and Honors
McKeon spearheaded the development of Tulsa Achieves, an Oklahoma state program which allows high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. This initiative has helped thousands of Oklahoma students get on the path towards success.
Tulsa Regional Chamber honored McKeon with their Lifetime Achievement in Education award during their State of Education Luncheon on May 19. New president and CEO Mike Neal presented it.
He is well-known as an Irish figure in his community, having held memberships in numerous organizations such as United Irish Institute and Friendly Sons of Shillelagh. Additionally, multiple streets and buildings bear his name – McKean County in Pennsylvania as well as one at University of Delaware have all been named after him.
Thomas McKeon was an avid New York Yankees fan, serving as grand marshal of Kearny Saint Patrick’s Day parade and being active with Ancient Order of Hibernians. Additionally, Thomas served on numerous civic committees.
He loved his family dearly and was an incredible grandfather to his six grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoyed walking the Lavallette boardwalk or fishing off of Jersey Shore beaches. Additionally, he was a member of St Pete Breakfast Optimist Club as well as VFW Post 10094’s Commander.
He had an intense passion for glasswork, experimenting with various techniques to produce distinctive pieces – especially an exact copy of Frank Lloyd Wright window that he made himself for his home.
McKeon first began acting when he was two. His parents took him and his sister for modeling auditions, where he secured multiple modeling gigs before transitioning into television acting roles.
At present, Thomas McKean’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $277 thousand dollars. His main source of income comes from acting, however his primary income source comes from radio station KFWB News 98 in Los Angeles where he has worked as a radio personality since 2004. Thomas has also made substantial investments including Carvana Co; since 2017 alone he has made three trades here and currently owns 1,000 units of CVNA stock.