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Thomas E. Healy received his
B.A. in chemistry from Williams
College and his Ph.D. in
analytical-environmental chemistry from the University of Colorado. Amazingly,
the Journal of Analytical Chemistry
that reported my research is now available on the web. Here is the first page.
He received the highest grade in Colorado on the November
1977 Uniform CPA Examination. After working for Arthur Young &
Company (now part of Ernst
for a short time, he started his own company in 1979. In addition, he
has taught accounting and business administration courses for Regis University's
In 1998 he took the coursework and passed the examination
to become a Certified Senior Advisor(CSA)®.
enjoys four-wheeling in
1994 Jeep Wrangler (Tahawus = "Cloudsplitter") hiking,
and cross country skiing. He is married to Erin Colcannon, and has two
Ian Healy. Ian's family includes daughter-in-law Richelle Healy, grandson Patrick Joseph Healy (named for Tom's great-grandfather, the founder of the Lyon & Healy Music Co.), granddaughter Caitlin, and grandson Zachary. Ian is now a published author (see Ian's website and blog for more information).
Kristin Sommer. Kristin's family includes son-in-law Peter Sommer, and boys Joshua and Charlie. Kristin is a flute teacher and aficionado of oil painting and the harp (Lyon & Healy, of course). She plays in the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and in the pit for Opera Fort Collins. Peter is an internationally-renowned sax player and jazz composer and professor of saxophone at Colorado State University.
When he was a teenager, Tom climbed all 46 of the highest
mountains in New York State's Adirondacks, becoming an Adirondack Forty-Sixer.
On a 1962 family trip to Switzerland, he climbed the Matterhorn. Later,
also climbed several of Colorado's fourteeners.
Tom belongs to the First Unitarian Church of
Denver. He has attended the annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist
Association (UUA) several
times in recent years, as a delegate from the church.
In recent years, Tom has researched his mother Trudy's
family background, and discovered that he has as ancestors several
rabbis in the 17th and 18th centuries in Poland and Germany (the family
name is a German transliteration of the Hebrew word for Passover). This
ancestry resulted in his mother's family being deported from Germany in
1940. She escaped from the Gurs concentration camp in the summer of
1941, and was able to obtain a visa to emigrate to the US, with his
father's efforts. She sailed on the Excambion, the last ship to leave
Europe for the US before Pearl Harbor.
Two well-known people were on the same ship: David Ben Gurion, later the first Prime Minister of the new state of Israel (he is listed in the immigration record just above Trudy's name). Edward R. Murrow was also among the passengers; he was a reporter for CBS, and his reports from Europe are iconic. Tom has no idea whether his mother met either of them.
The rest of the family
escaped from Gurs a year later, and, except for his Aunt Ida (who
disappeared in a Transport toward Auschwitz), escaped to Switzerland with
the help of French Huguenots, hiking over the mountains by
Trudy's father, Ernst, happened to be in Great
Britain on business
when the Second World War started. After being interned by the Brits
for a while, they released him to use his electrical engineering
talents (he invented the ground fault circuit breaker that we now all
have in our bathrooms and kitchens) to help develop radar. So he was
instrumental in saving the British from the Nazi air attack that Edward
R Murrow covered. The stress of being separated from his family caused
a hemmorrhage in his eyes, making him nearly blind. I remember on his
one trip to visit us, when I was about 6 years old, sitting at his feet
with black construction paper and silver crayon, writing things to him.
It's quite likely that during her escape, Trudy was
either helped by, or knew of, the Unitarian Service Committee, which
was started by Martha and Waitstill Sharp (now designated by Yad Vashem
as "Righteous Among the Nations"), because her route through Marseille,
France to Lisbon, Portugal was on the "underground railroad" they
pioneered. That may be why, in the late 1940s, the family left my dad's
Catholic faith and, instead of going to the Methodist church across the
street from our home, drove 10 miles into Niagara Falls to attend the
Unitarian Church there. In 2011, while attending the UUA General
Assembly in Charlotte, NC, Tom met the great-granddaughter of the
Sharps, which was quite the thrill!
He holds Colorado CPA certificate #4781, issued by the Colorado State Board of Accountancy.
He is a member of:
Thomas E. Healy, CPA, PC
Thomas E. Healy, CPA, PC was incorporated in 1980, as successor to the proprietorship, Thomas E. Healy, CPA. It provides a general accounting and tax service to businesses and individuals in Colorado, nationwide, and even in other countries. It holds license #5755 issued by the Colorado State Board of Accountancy.