In Memoriam: Tom Bechet

We learned recently that club member Tom Bechet passed away in April.  Tom was an active member of the club back in the Windige Stadt days, and he maintained his membership in the revived club from its inception.  His widow, Ann McLaughlin, has provided us with the following excerpt from his obituary, published in the Chicago Tribune on April 20, 2008.

Thomas Paul Bechet, age 56, of Wayne, loving husband of Ann, beloved father of Leigh; son of the late Austin and Virginia Bechet; devoted brother of Virginia (Marc Hoch) George; and cherished uncle of Ellen (Rob) Hudak and Sarah George and brother-in-law of Mary (Brian) Duffy, Sara (Tommy) Napier, Michael (Jamie) McLaughlin and Tricia (Dan) Barrett. He was a former board member of the Human Resources Planning Society (HRPS) in New York. He published a book on strategic staffing for businesses and organizations and the second edition, "Strategic Staffing-A Comprehensive System for Executive Workforce Planning", was recently issued. He was a member of Little Home Church by the Wayside UCC in Wayne, where he was active in the choir and a former moderator. He was also a member of the Porsche Club of America and a devoted fan of the Kane County Cougars.

On behalf of the membership, the Midwest 356 Club has given a memorial contribution in Tom's name to Manhattan College, his undergraduate alma mater.