|Thomas Browning Inglis Jr.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 7, 2014
Thomas Browning Inglis Jr. 1927 - 2014
Resident of Los Gatos
Thomas Browning Inglis Jr., died on March 25, 2014, after a brief illness. He was 87
Mr. Inglis was born January 7, 1927 in Long Beach, California. His parents were the late
Vice Admiral Thomas B. Inglis Sr. and Kathryn Harper Inglis of Monte Sereno, California.
Tom received his primary and secondary education at various California and
Washington, D.C. schools. Upon graduation from Western High School (1945) in
Washington, D.C., he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from which he
graduated in June of 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Following his graduation
from MIT, Tom was employed by the Guarantee Trust Company of New York, and then
was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve where he served in the
Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington D.C. After Tom's service in the ONI, he
returned to New York City to work for the management consulting firm Cresap,
McCormack and Paget.
While visiting his parents in Monte Sereno where they had just completed the
construction of their retirement home, Tom fell in love with Santa Clara County, and in
1954 left New York City for California. He secured a job as an engineer for the Food
Machinery and Chemical Corporation, later known as FMC, and after several years left
FMC to work for the Lockheed Corporation Missile and Space Division.
In May, 1966 Tom was appointed Planning and Zoning Director of Monte Sereno, the
town which his father, Vice Admiral Inglis, had helped to found in May, 1957. In 1967
Tom was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer/City Manager, and served in that
capacity until his retirement in 1978.
Tom was blessed with a keen and inquisitive mind, and his vast interests included
history, art, antiques, government and finance. In both his working life and in his
retirement Tom served with integrity, intelligence and independence of thought. Those
who knew him will never forget his informed and engaging personality.
Tom is survived by his sister, Mary Jane Arthurs, of Solvang, California, and by his
nephews Robert Hecksher of Marathon, Florida, and George Hecksher of San
Francisco, and by his grand nephews, Rob Hecksher of Los Angeles and Bobby
Hecksher of Los Angeles, and by his grand niece, Meaghan Hecksher of San Francisco.
A private ceremony will be held by the family.