Thomas S. Mulligan ’73

Thomas S. Mulligan ’73 died on June 3, 2024, in Providence, Rhode Island.

(The following was provided by the Boston Globe on June 5, 2024:)

Thomas S. Mulligan ’73

Thomas S. Mulligan, age 73, a prize-winning journalist who broke stories from the trading floors of Wall Street to the war zones of Iraq, died Monday, of complications from cancer. He lived in Providence with his wife of more than forty-five years, fellow journalist Irene M. Wielawski.

A Boston native raised in Scituate and Milton, Tom began his career in the State House bureau of the Associated Press, became the Providence Journal‘s financial editor within a decade and served for more than twenty years as an editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

Among many honors, he shared in the Pulitzer Prizes awarded to the Times for coverage of the Los Angeles riots of 1992 and the Northridge earthquake of 1994. Along the way, he built an army of devoted friends and colleagues who knew him variously as a master storyteller, tenacious athlete, passionate music fan and family man without peer.

One of eight brothers and sisters, Tom was a son of John E. Mulligan, Jr. and Frances M. Hennessey; and a stepson of Mary O’Gorman Mulligan, all deceased. He went to Milton High School, graduated from Bowdoin College in 1973 and later earned two masters degrees.

After his start at the AP and the Middlesex News, Tom joined the Providence Journal, where he met Irene, whom he married in 1978. Their children, Emily and Andrew, were born and started school in Providence, as he moved through the newspaper’s ranks.

In 1989, Tom joined the Los Angeles Times as deputy business editor. He later returned to reporting and was assigned to the Times‘ New York bureau in 1996. His beat was Wall Street but he routinely covered national stories, such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Enron trial in Houston. He was revered for his readiness to take on the toughest jobs, including a stint in Baghdad in 2004. He capped his career in the New York office of Sitrick and Co., a strategic communications firm.

Surviving are Tom’s wife, Irene; daughter, Emily A. Foley, her husband, Joseph, and their sons Thomas, James, and Peter, of Fort Worth, TX; son, Andrew E. Mulligan, his wife, Caitlyn, and their daughter, Mar, of Chicago; seven brothers and sisters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

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