Thomas F. Markham Jr. Fund
The Marham family has established a development fund for Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation to be adminstered by the Key Foundation Inc. This has been established in honor of Thomas F. Markham Jr, a long time friend and brother of Wah-Tut-Ca and the Key Foundation.
Thomas F. Markham, Jr., of Rye Beach, NH, formerly of Eliot, ME and Wakefield, MA died on November 23, in his residence after complications from a lengthy struggle with an ever debilitating Parkinson’s disorder; the last month especially difficult. He was born in Lowell, MA on July 18, 1933 and was the loving son the late Thomas F. and Elizabeth (Tully) Markham.
Tom, an avid boater and dedicated Boy Scout and community leader, was a graduate of Lowell High School, class of 1951, and Saint Anselm College and Fitchburg State College where he earned a Masters in Education. He served our nation in the United States Army and Army Reserve from 1952 to 1963 and in active duty in the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard”) from 1956 to 1958. He was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Staff Sargent on February 14, 1963. Tom married his best friend and love of his life, Adrienne (Murphy) Markham, a retired nurse and nursing professor, of Lawrence, MA on November 8, 1959 and together they started a family in Chelmsford, MA that, in 1980, would take them to Wakefield, MA and eventually retiring to Eliot, ME and Rye Beach, NH.
Education was at the core of Tom’s values and began a career as a teacher at Lowell High School and Dracut High School; later being hired as the director of vocational and adult education at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, where he also served as interim superintendent, and in 1980 began his humble, yet accomplished twenty-year tenure as Superintendent-Director of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocation Technical School in Wakefield. He was active in several professional associations, including the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
Community and volunteer leadership and service also marked Tom’s life’s work having served as member and chair of the Board of Selectmen and the Town Finance Committee in Chelmsford, and Planning Committee and Founding Regional School Committee for the Nashoba Regional Vocational School District in Westford. Tom was a founding member and Life Member of the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks, and active in the Eliot-Kittery, ME Lions Club. A committed adult leader in Boy Scouting, Tom was a parent leader in Chelmsford’s Cub Pack 61 and later Boy Scout Troop 77, where he served a chair of the Troop Committee, and among many camping and outdoor adventures he enjoyed years at Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation. He was selected for adult membership in the Order of the Arrow having achieved his Brotherhood Membership in Wannalancit Lodge in 1981. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, he was tapped to serve on the Executive Boards of two, now legacy, boy scout councils, namely the Greater Lowell Council and the Boston Minuteman Council.
At the 2016 Key Foundation Annual Dinner the board of directors formally announced the foundation's commitment to provide $100,000 to fund the Spirit Of Adventure Council's Northern NeXus of Adventure. To date TKF has provided $50,000 to this fund