J. Swan Jr.
Thomas J. Swan Jr. (Photo courtesy of Emerson-Swan.)
, chairman of The Swan Group, died on March 5 in Palm
Beach, Fla., after a long battle with several health problems. He leaves his
wife, Carroll; son, Tom III (TJ); his brother Joseph E. Swan and family.
attended St Sebastian’s School, Harvard College and the University of Chicago
Business School. He began his career at Emerson-Swan
on Oct. 21, 1967, after
leaving law school in order to assist his ailing father who needed his help in
running the family business, manufacturers representative firm Emerson-Swan. Over
the years his vision, along with the assistance of his brother, who joined the company
two years later, set Emerson-Swan on a transformative and successful path.
vision, industry knowledge and unique ability to put people together led to the
formation of The Swan Group, an international company involved in manufacturing
and the distribution of plumbing, heating and well-water products. These
companies - Flexcon, GWS, Skidmore, Vent-Rite Valve and Smith’s - do business
in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, including approximately 90
addition to his involvement in overseeing the Swan Group as its chairman, Swan
sat on many boards, including St Sebastian’s (past chairman), Wianno Club (past
president), Board of Electrographic Corp. and Oxy-Dry Corp. He also was a board
member of McLean Hospital and a member of the Corporation of Partners
Healthcare System. He served on the University Resources Committee and the
Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility at Harvard University.
talked frequently to his brother during the last weeks of his life about his associates,
customers and manufacturers, and how much he “respected and appreciated” all of
the remarkable individuals he worked with during the past 44 years.
family, friends and associates will miss his leadership, vision, intellect,
humor, caring, energy and friendship.