Thomas S. Clow
Stevens High School
Class of 1961
After graduating from Stevens I attended Keene State College where I earned a Bachelor of Education Degree. College was an awakening for me where I found I could do things I had never tried in high school. Among other activities I served as class president my sophomore year and was editor of the college newspaper for two years. I later received a Masters Degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1973 and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, also from UNH, in 1985.
While still at Keene State I met Elizabeth (Heidi) Lockwood. We were married in 1965 and have now been together for 41 years. We have three children: Todd, age 40; Scott, age 36; and Amanda, age 12. Amanda joined our family in 2001, and we officially adopted her on September 11, 2004. We also have three grandchildren: Bryson, Sam, and Alyssa.
Most of my career has been in education. I started in the Fall Mountain District where I taught in Alstead, Walpole, and North Walpole. From there I spent one year as a reading specialist in Derry and then moved to Manchester. After many years as an elementary school teacher and assistant principal, on February 29, 1988, I was named Principal of Parker-Varney School on Manchester's West Side. I held that position until June of 2005, when I retired from education.
In 1973 Heidi and I purchased a 200 year old house in Weare, New Hampshire, where we have lived since that time. Renovation and repair have been a big part of our lives. In Weare I have served two terms on the Weare School Board and was recently elected to my first term as a town Selectman. In 2002 we purchased Colburn's North Village Country Store which we still own and manage.
My life to date has been filled with a lot of work, but I've enjoyed it. For enjoyment I like hiking, boating, and biking -- the kind you have to pedal. What I really like is to keep busy. I purchased a 1932 Model "A" truck with my retirement severance and intend to putter on that for many years. My work on Freeman's Dairy Farm as a kid has never left my blood, so I am now shopping for a tractor. With an old truck, a tractor, a store, a 12 year old daughter, and the never ending projects around our old house, keeping busy should not be a problem for many years to come.