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Jo H. Schneiderman posted a message. New comment added.
Jun
27
Jun 27, 2020 at 6:46 PM

Posted on: Jun 21, 2020 at 11:24 AM

Tom lived across the street from me my whole childhood. He played Douglas in our 5th grade play about Abraham Lincoln, and since most of us knew nothing about Douglas, Tom simply made up his platform. If that had been Douglas' platform he would have been one of the most progressive candidates in US history. It is very sad that mental illness pulled Tom away. He was a great guy.

Diane Gallop has left an In Memory comment for Thomas Zitver.
Jun 27, 2020 at 8:44 AM


 

I knew Tom as a family friend.  I have wonderful memories of his siblings and mine piling into the back of his parents' station wagon after a meal to go to High's for ice cream, among others that now seem an idyllic dream.  Tom had an indelible presence and a face so sympatico, full of depth and barely suppressed humor, forever etched in my memory.  He seemed an old soul, possessed of inner authority.  He was a kind, sweet person, a rare find.  I can only imagine that the pain he experienced from bone cancer was agonizing.


 

Diane Gallop has left an In Memory comment for Thomas Zitver.
Jun 27, 2020 at 8:44 AM


 

I knew Tom as a family friend.  I have wonderful memories of his siblings and mine piling into the back of his parents' station wagon after a meal to go to High's for ice cream, among others that now seem idyllic dreams.  Tom had an indelible presence and a face so simpatico, full of depth and barely suppressed humor, forever etched in my memory.  He seemed an old soul, possessed of inner authority.  He was a kind, sweet person, a rare find.  I can only imagine that the pain he experienced from bone cancer was agonizing.


 

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25
Jun 25, 2020 at 4:33 AM
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23
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Paul Freedman has left an In Memory comment for Thomas Zitver.
Jun
22
Jun 22, 2020 at 10:20 AM

I don't have Leland's insights and memories to add about Tom.  I remember him as bright and studious. I believe we were both in the 6th grade class of a kind of humanist, kind of reconstructionist Jewish Sunday school that met across from what used to be the Bethesda public library. Thanks Leland for sharing.

Leland Gamson has left an In Memory comment for Thomas Zitver.
Jun
21
Jun 21, 2020 at 6:41 PM

     In third grade Tom moved to Bannockburn, and we became close friends. We would compete, in his house, to see who could build the highest wood block tower, before it came tumbling down. When our world expanded, we biked to Glen Echo shopping center. We enjoyed finding bottles, to cash in at High's (now a Seven Eleven). We rarely failed to find enough glass bottles to exchange for ice cream cones. At two scoops for a nickel, our expeditions were self funded. If we found larger bottles, we would buy Superman comics for a dime. By the time the comics went for 15 cents, we outgrew them. That didn't stop us from checking out the Chris Reeve's Superman movies, together in our early adulthood. Yes, we agreed that Christopher Reeve's, got the "real Superman" character, right. After all, we were experts on Superman.

      As we progressed through elementary school, we were exposed to a broader world. I have fresh memories of Tom taking a keen interest in the Greeks, Romans, Vikings and the Mercury space flights. I still remember argueing with him, about who contributes more to space flight, the astronauts or rocket engineers. We would frequently spend the night at each other's house. We both got along well with each other's siblings. Tom saw the Twilight Zone, for the first time at the Gamson house. He agreed that it was more than just a modern "scarry show", as it had a Spiritual theme.

     At twelve, I got a poodle puppy, Flip. He followed us on our romps through Bannockburn. Now, we were three, and Tom and I would take turns "speaking" for Flip. We agreed Flip was the cutest dog on the planet. At Whitman, we were both active participants in the John Peter Altgeld Society. We listened to, and asked questions of, a wide variety of speakers. We grappled with concepts, such as World Federalism, gender roles, the Vietnam War, Civil Rights, the threat of totalitarianism, and the purpose of higher education. In 1964 and 1966, we voluntered in the campaigns of Royce Hanson and Spellman for Congress. The latter was an early "peace" candidate.

     Both of us went to college in the Midwest, to experience a different region of the US. Tom went to Grinnel in Iowa, majoring in math. He taught math for a year, in a private high school. This surprised me, because  he was an introvert. When he discovered that most his students did not share his enthuaism for math, he became an actuary. For a few years, he lived in Bannockburn, and communited by bike, to his office at the OPM. After I left the the D.C. area, I would meet him for lunch, when back in town. We solved the world's problems, as we did, when members of the John Peter Altgeld Society. When in early middle age, I took my wife, Bonnie, to see Tom's boyhood home and meet his mother. Tom lived in an apartment on Capitol Hill for years and years. It was there that he died. He never told me about his cancer.

   Randy Alcorn, wrote a book simply entitled, "Heaven". He says that there are extroverts, who will spend eternity, in the inner court of Elohim's Celestial Kingdom. They will thrive in a place with bright colors and music, enjoying the company of multitudes. Others, who are by nature introverts, will be at home in the most outer parts of Heaven. There, their home is one of blissfull solitude. They are content with the company of just a few. Tom is among the latter. Tom, give my regards to your mother, father and, our forever cute, dog  pal, Flip.

Leland Gamson

 

 

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Jun 21, 2020 at 10:48 AM

Posted on: Jun 21, 2020 at 9:44 AM

Does anyone have pictures of Tom Zitver to add to his In Memory posting ???

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Jun 11, 2020 at 10:49 AM

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