Tom Auger

[24 AUG 1931 - A2 - 20550 - 15 FEB 2015]

Tom Auger Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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A-2: West's - Stevenson - Nancy Joseph - Auger - Fikaris' -
Stemle's - Spaulding's - Prater's [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Fikaris' - Feagin's - Cardillo's - Auger -
Spaulding's [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Ellen Schick - Tom Auger - Todd and Sue Graham
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Tom Auger - Don Hilbert - Mike Stevenson
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Class aide - Todd Graham - Tom Auger - Sue Graham -
Mike Stevenson [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Tom Auger - Jeanne and Jim Drummond
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dan and Donna Ludwig - Bill and Laura Haas - Tom Auger -
Mike Stevenson - Elaine West [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Pete Fikaris - Tom West - Dick Stemle - Tom Auger - Al
Spaulding - Dick Prater - Mike Stevenson [A-2: 55th Reunion]



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Bill Edwards - Bill Haas - Bertie Soper - John Soper -
Tom Auger [Bob Soper Funeral - MAY 2009]



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Tom Auger - Tommy West - ? - ?
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Tom Auger - Al Spaulding - Kelly Lichtenberg
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Tom Auger and Elaine West
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Tommy West - Mike Stevenson - Tom Auger
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Tom Auger (Winner of the red dot)
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Drummond - Joe Franklin - Auger
[Al Bundren Funeral - DEC 2006]



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Gunderson - Auger - Roades
[Al Bundren Funeral - DEC 2006]



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Chuck Roades and Tom Auger
[c2006]



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Stevenson - Auger - West
[MAY 2006]



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Auger - Fikaris - Stevenson
[MAY 2006]



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Lucas - Auger - Fikaris - West - Stevenson
[MAY 2006]



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Spaulding - Fikaris - Stevenson - Turner -
Auger - Lucas - West [MAY 2006]



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Lucas - Auger - West - Fikaris
[MAY 2006]



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Auger - Angee Fikaris - Pat Lucas -
Elaine West - Lucas [MAY 2006]



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Tom Auger - Tommy West - Tom Turner
[MAY 2006]



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Roades - West - Russell - Deardorff - McCloskey - Lucas - Gersitz - Enslow - Bill Anderson - Auger - Stevenson - Meisenheimer - Wray - Woerner - McIlroy - Troyan - Fikaris - Page [MAY 2006]



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Roades - Russell - West - Deardorff - Lucas - Gersitz - Enslow - Auger - Bill Anderson - Stevenson - Meisenheimer - Turner - Wray - Woerner - McIlroy - Troyan - Fikaris [MAY 2006]



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Russell - Roades - West - Deardorff - Lucas - Gersitz - Enslow - Auger - Bill Anderson
Stevenson - Meisenheimer - Wray - Woerner - ? - Troyan - Fikaris - Page [MAY 2006]



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Tippi Trophy: Auger - West - Turner -
Welter - West [JAN 2006]



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Tommy West - Pete Fikaris - Al Spaulding -
Tom Auger [50th Reunion]



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Tommy West - Al Spaulding - Tom Auger
[50th Reunion]



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Joe Vincent - Mike Stevenson - Ray Dax - Luke Lucas - Al Spaulding - Tom Auger Tommy West - Pete Fikaris - Dick Prater - Bob Camp - Shelly Freed [50th Reunion]



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Tom Auger and Luke Lucas
[50th Reunion]



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Auger - West - Camp
[50th Reunion]



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Auger - Father Oscar - Joe Franklin - McNair
[50th Reunion]



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Welter - Spaulding - Auger
[50th Reunion]



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Auger - West's - Prater's
[c2003]



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Secord - Auger - Stevenson
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Turner - Denman - Soper - Stevenson - Haas - Bob Brown - Jellison -
Auger - Wargowsky [Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Turner - Haas - Auger - Laura Haas - Denman
[Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Haas - Turner - Bob Brown - Auger
[Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Gerry and Tom Auger
[c1999]



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Prater's - Reid's - ? - ? - Auger's - Fikaris' -
? - West's - ? - Joseph's [c1998]



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Skip Macdonald - Dugan - Tom and
Gerry Auger [Vail - 1998]



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Camp - Prater - ? - ? - Auger - Reid -
? - West - ? - Joseph - Fikaris [c1998]



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Auger's - Fikaris' - Monahan's
[35th Reunion - NOV 1990]



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A-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Vincent - Joseph - Stevenson - Fikaris - Prater - Stemle - 2nd Row: Freed - Adams - West - Jim Miller - Mason - Jellison - 3rd Row: Auger (CO) - Spaulding - Reid - Lucas - Rupp - Weissenborn - 4th Row: Dax - Senger - Camp - Schauer



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1953 Goat Team
[Goats 13 - Engineers 7]

2nd Row: ? - Major 'Irregardless' Smith - Stern - ? - Herren - Coleman - Dilts x55 - Wilkinson - Patton - Doyle - McGrevey - Ewing - ? - Strati - ? - C. Martin - ? - Steinman - Lowry - John Miller - West - Gunderson - Quinn - Whittaker - Napier - Pace - Nidever - 1st Row: Hall - Greer - Trobaugh - Woodruff x55 - Auger - Gransback - Nichols - W. Smith - George Smith x55 - C. Johnson



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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Thomas J. Auger
Cullum No: 20550
Class of: 1955
Born: NH
Appointment: HS
Branch: Inf
Date of Death: February 15, 2015 (View Memorial Article)
History:
20550
Thomas Joseph Auger
B-NH:
A-HS:
Inf:
Resd 59 1LT:
D - Town and Country, MO 15Feb15 a-83:
Ob-2019 TAPS

Register Glossary


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Thomas Joseph Auger

Thomas Joseph Auger was born on 24 September 1931 in Manchester, New Hampshire and entered West Point from an Honor Military School. He entered on 5 July 1950 in the Class of 1954 and was in Company A 2. He was discharged on 3 January 1952 for deficiency in Mathematics. He was reexamined in March 1952, declared proficient, readmitted on 25 August 1952 and joined the Class of 1955 in Company M 1. He played lacrosse his 3rd, 2nd and 1st Class years. He was a Corporal his Second Class Year, was transferred to Company A 2 for his First Class Year and was a Captain and Company Commander. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in the Infantry.



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How I got my appointment to West Point

I was in the 8th grade when my friend George Hebert and I decided to go to WP. Geo had 5 brothers in the service and they were all officers, so we decided to become officers... just like that!!

Neither of us had a clue as to how to be admitted , so we did some homework and learned about appointments and all that stuff. George forgot about it about a week later, but I carried on and ended up at NYMA for my Senior and PG years where I received an Honor Military School appointment and entered with '54.

The worst day of my young life occurred Yearling Christmas when I was Found in Calculus and went home all beat up. A huddle with my parents sent me off to Sully's where we used the same text book and took ' entrance exams ' every Saturday for 8 weeks.

I aced the re- entrance exam at Govenors Island and joined the Fabled 55 at the end of yearling summer. I must add that as part of my re-entrance exam I was forced to go to M1 and room with Soper and Haas!!!

In June of '55 I realized my boyhood dream.... It was a tough fight, Ma. but I won !!!!

Tom Auger
8 AUG 2010


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Tom Auger Memorial Service

Tom Auger's memorial service was held on Sunday, May 3 in the Asbury United Methodist Church located in Chesterfield, NH. There were approximately 75 persons in attendance. Military honors (flag presentation and taps) were rendered by the NH National Guard.

A private (family) Inurnment in the family plot in Manchester, NH (about 50 miles from Chesterfield) took place the following day.

Tom's wife, Gerry, returned to St. Louis where she will continue to reside.

Bill Haas


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Thomas Joseph Auger

Obituary

Thomas Joseph Auger, 83, of St. Louis, passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2015, after a short illness. Born in Manchester, N.H., on Aug. 24, 1931, he was the son of the late Helen Armstrong Auger and Dr. Ernest Auger.

Tom attended Manchester schools and pursued his childhood dream of becoming a cadet at West Point. He attended New York Military Academy, graduated from United States Military Academy West Point, class of '55, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the infantry.

After leaving the Army, he began a long career in human resources and traveled extensively. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor.

Tom is survived by his wife of 25 years, Geraldine S. Auger; six children, Valerie A. Lemay and husband Gary of Meredith, N.H., Peter T. Auger and wife Janet of Nashua, N.H., Paul H. Auger and wife Suzanne of Bow, N.H., Leeann A. Boyle and husband Gregory of Manchester, N.H., Thomas J. Auger II and wife Kathleen of Hampton, N.H., Andrew A. Auger and wife Rebecca of West Chesterfield, N.H.; his 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister Nancy Perkins of Nebraska; along with many nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, William Auger, and his two sisters, Marilyn Holmes and Jaqueline Brown. Private family services will be held at a later date.


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Thomas J. Auger 1955

Cullum No. 20550-1955 - February 15, 2015
Died in Town and Country, MO
Inurned in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, NH


What started as a childhood dream of being a bus driver turned into a career mission to attend the U.S. Military Academy after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thomas Joseph 'Tom' Auger set his sights on the Academy and let nothing stop him. He took an extra year of post-grad school at the New York Military Academy and a year of intense tutoring in calculus after getting turned back. He joked that his gravestone should read, 'He was a tenacious little bastard,' but it would have been an accurate epitaph.

Other than academics, Tom's five years at West Point were characterized by success. In military aptitude, Tom was a natural leader who was both liked and respected by his classmates. Cow year he was a corporal, and first class year he was a captain and company commander. On the athletic field, Tom excelled. He starred as a midfield player on Army's highly successful intercollegiate Lacrosse Team where his job was to 'knock down' opposing players who were set up by other midfield teammates. Tom thoroughly enjoyed that assignment. He was a pugnacious runt, and, his 5-foot-6-inch height limitation notwithstanding, the annual Goat-Engineer Football Game found Tom in the thick of the game - on the Goat Team, of course.

Despite the rocky road to get to West Point and his high degree of success as a cadet, Tom left the Army less than four years after graduation. He was so deeply affected when classmate Tom McCarthy was killed in Vietnam that he tried to re-enlist, only to be told that the Army wanted privates, not first lieutenants. He frequently said that the only regret in life was not staying in the Army.

His post-Army career started in electronics sales for the Raytheon Company and morphed into a career in human resources. He spent many years working for companies around the Route 128 belt in the Boston area, came back to Raytheon in human resources for more than 10 years, and spent the final days of his career with Lee Hecht Harrison, an outplacement consulting firm. He lived in many different places during his work life: New York, Houston, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and finally St. Louis. In retirement, he purchased an Audi S5 convertible and spent his days driving around St. Louis stopping at just about every Starbucks along the way. He was well known and well loved by baristas throughout the community!

Tom and Elaine, his first wife, had six children of whom he was immensely proud. They all inherited his wonderful sense of humor, and one of his greatest joys was getting together with the extended family. He loved to hear about 'what really happened when we told you and Mom that we did ..."

Tom was never afraid to test out new hobbies, from hand gunning to motor homing to race car driving. He enjoyed life to the fullest and brought his big personality to every job, personal relationship, and activity in his life. He was particularly enthusiastic about his involvement in service and therapy dog training organizations, and he was quite attached to the various German Shepherds that he and wife Gerry made integral members of their family.

While Tom was an active contributor to discussions held on his class net, one thing that he could not abide was people who were full of themselves. He was quite adept at cutting such individuals down to size with just a few words that on the surface could be taken as praise. On close reading, however, the subtle nature of his words left no doubt as to his disgust with superficial egotism.

By the same token, Tom thoroughly enjoyed being the butt of any joke or personal reckoning. Tom and Gerry had been married for several years before Gerry learned of Tom's West Point record, to include his academic stumbles and physical successes on the athletic field. Upon learning all of those things from one of Tom's classmates, Gerry exclaimed, 'You mean I married a dumb jock!' The heartiest laugh in the room came from Tom.

Tom was originally diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but after a stroke in 2014 and the implantation of a pacemaker it was determined that he had multiple system atrophy, a degenerative neurological disease. He died on February 15, 2015 leaving behind Gerry, his wife of 25 years, his six children, 16 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. According to his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes were buried in his family's plot in New Hampshire. Rest in peace you 'tenacious little bastard."

- Wife Gerry, Son Dewey, and M-1 yearling-year roommate, Bill

TAPS Memorial Article


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