Thomas Field Mostrom ’59 died on September 25, 2005, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Born on July 2, 1931, in Boston, he prepared for college at the Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1959, he joined the faculty at the Taft School in Watertown, CT, where he taught Latin and coached hockey. During the summer of 1960, he studied the Russian language at Yale’s Summer Language Institute, and in the summer of 1962 he was in Europe with the Yale Russian Chorus. From 1963 to 1966, he studied Russian at the University of Stockholm in Sweden, becoming fluent in Swedish in the process. Upon his return to New England, he was the subscription manager for the Boston Opera Company. By 1966, he was a reporter for the Worcester Telegram in Massachusetts, and, by 1969, he was a ceramic artist and potter in Newburyport, MA. He founded the Rare Earth Mudworks in Amesbury, MA, a company that manufactured potting materials, tools and equipment, and he established offices in Newfield, ME, and in South Boston, MA. He continued his experimentation and research into the area’s natural resources – the mud and clay along the Merrimack River and the wildflowers in the adjacent fields – through an active interest in horticulture and gardening. He is survived by his son, Stenvik of San Francisco, CA; and two brothers, Philip E. Mostrom ’56 of Darnestown, MD, and Richard N. Mostrom ’61 of Bedford, NH.