Music for All Board of Directors
Thomas Standifer McLeRoy (1929-2003)

Whitewater, WI - Dr. Thomas Standifer McLeRoy, Chairman of the Bands of America Board of Directors, passed away at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee Monday afternoon, June 9, 2003. Dr. McLeRoy became Dean of Continuing Education, Extension and Summer Session at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1970. It was with Dr. McLeRoy and his staff that Bands of America worked closely from the first BOA Summer Workshop/Festival (now the Summer Band Symposium) held at UW-Whitewater in 1975, until the camp's relocation in 1992. He retired in 1994.

Dr. McLeRoy was a passionate advocate for Bands of America, and a friend and mentor to its leadership, especially to BOA President and CEO Scott McCormick. He took great pride in his eleven-year association with Bands of America and felt privileged to be chairman for nine of those years. Bands of America was likewise privileged to have the guidance, counsel and direction of such man.

Dr. McLeRoy was committed to excellence in education and served for many years as a member of various professional organizations. These include the North Central Conference on Summer Schools (NCCSS), the North American Association for Summer Sessions (NAASS) and the National University Continuing Education Association. Additionally, he believed it was important to be involved with students outside the classroom and served as advisor to various on-campus organizations including Pi Omega Pi, The Navigators and Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. His family also served as host to fifteen International students through the International Host Family Program at UW-Whitewater.

He was born April 23, 1929, in Freeport, IL to Harriet (Clark) and Mark McLeRoy. He married Marion Busjahn on August 9, 1957, in Freeport, IL. They were blessed with 3 children and 3 grandchildren: Thomas F. of Whitewater, WI; Laurie (Chris) Konnor and daughter Claire of Bayside, WI; and Jeffrey (Lisa) and sons Elliot and Ethan of Waukegan, IL. Since their marriage, they lived in Bensenville, IL, moving to Whitewater, WI in 1966. Thomas was a tenth generation descendent of John Procter who arrived in Salem, MA in 1632.

Dr. McLeRoy graduated from Freeport High School in 1947 and went on to graduate from Bob Jones University of Greenville, SC in 1952 with a degree in Accounting. Following graduation he entered the US Army and served from 1952 to 1954 at Dugway Proving Ground, Dugway, UT attached to the intelligence office and as chaplain assistant. Following his days in the service, he earned a Masters in Business Education at Northern Illinois University. He taught Business Education and chaired the department at East Leyden HS in Franklin Park, IL for 11 years. In 1966, he was asked to come to the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater as a Professor of Business Education. He received his doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 1968 and in 1970, he became the Dean of Continuing Education, Extension and Summer Session. He retired in 1994.

Dr. McLeRoy loved his family and sought to lead an exemplary life, serving God and his community. He enjoyed people and his whole life involved helping and serving others. His Christian faith played an important role in all that he did and he was able to see the positive in everyone he met. Over the years, he has participated in many Christian ministries, professional and civic organizations.

His association with Christian ministries included efforts that served the local church as well as those that reached around the world. He organized Bible clubs and Sunday School programs in Dugway, Chicagoland, Whitewater and Ft. Atkinson. He served as a board member of Fairhaven Retirement Home for 15 years, Christian League for the Handicapped-Inspiration Ministries for 25 years, and United World Mission for 9 years, all of which he served as chairman for part of the time. Other board positions included the Chicagoland Hi-C Bible clubs, Campus Life, Faith Christian Schools in Williams Bay and numerous other Church committees.

On the civic front, Thomas believed in the community around him and sought to improve that community through his involvement on the Whitewater City Council, the Kiwanis Breakfast club, Rotary International and the Land of Blackhawk United Way.

He took his involvement with organizations with great responsibility and vision and in many cases received awards and honors recognizing his efforts. Some highlights include PI Epsilon Phi, Literary Society, 1948, the first annual Lyle Maxwell Award, Northern Illinois University, 1974 and the Grambling State University Hall of Fame, 1995.

He is survived by 3 children; 3 grandchildren; 5 siblings: Ada Harlacher of Chicago, IL, Josephine Zimmerman, Mark (Shirley) McLeRoy, Dorothy Hartman of Freeport, IL and Dot Julian of San Antonio, TX.; 3 special siblings whose parents, Harold and Lois Meads, invited him to live with them at the passing of his parents when he was young: Roger Meads of Hortonville, WI; Eugene Meads of Orangeville, IL; and Phylis Hansen of Waukesha, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews. His wife, Marion, preceded him in death in April 1997.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Rafael Fonseca and his staff at the hematology clinic at Mayo Clinic for their care and treatment of multiple myeloma.

Memorials may be given to Music for All or Inspiration Ministries camp scholarships. For information on how memorial gifts made in Dr. McLeRoy's name, please contact the Music for All Development Department at 800.848.2263.


Left: (left to right) Current and former Board of Director members Dr. Tom McLeRoy, Matt Carter and Art Rodriguez and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002. Right: (left to right) Tom McLeRoy, Jr. and his father.