In Memoriam: Thomas C. MacAvoy

Daily Progress Obituary

Thomas C. MacAvoy of Charlottesville, Va., died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge.

Thomas C. MacAvoy of Charlottesville, Va., died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. He was born April 24, 1928, in New York City. Tom was the beloved husband for 62 years of Peggy MacAvoy and father to Moira MacAvoy and husband, Michael Lesniak, Ellen MacAvoy, Christopher MacAvoy and wife, Lane, and Neil MacAvoy and wife, Alisa.

Tom also leaves behind two sisters, Sheila Block and Geraldine McCarthy.He had ten loving grandchildren, George, Mavia, Melissa, Meg, Ross, Kit, Deirdre, Connor, Marissa, and Clara, and one great-granddaughter, Keeva.

Tom's education included a B.S. from Queens College, an M.S. from St. John's University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WorldWar II and was later a 1st Lieut. in the U.S. Air Force. An active Boy Scout, Tom was a Distinguished Eagle Scout, recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and national president of the Boy Scouts of America for three years.His longest working career was with Corning, Inc. 

He started as a scientist in 1957 and served in a variety of positions, rising to become president of the company in 1971.Upon retirement from Corning in 1988, Tom and Peggy moved to Charlottesville where he was a professor for ten years at the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia. Tom was also a member of a number of corporate boards.

He was active as a board member and president of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. Tom was a long-time trustee of the Corning Museum of Glass and taught "The History of Glass" course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.A funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlottesville on Friday, June 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Reception will follow in the church hall.Contributions in Tom's memory may be made to: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 401 Alderman Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903; Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, 250 Pantops Mountain Rd.,Charlottesville, VA 22911; Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, P.O. Box 4206,Charlottesville, VA 22905.Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood .com.