Thomas Upton is a professional hockey coach. Currently he coaches the Madison Capitols of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Upton has guided two Hobey Baker Award Top Ten Finalists while under his tutelage.
He holds memberships with Shenandoah House Hospice, Acca Temple Shriners and Staunton Lodge #13 of AF & AM Masons as well as Brushy Mountain Gun Club.
Early Life and Education
Tom Upton was born at Portsmouth Virginia Naval Hospital and raised in Bountiful Utah. After graduating high school with honors in Bountiful High School – graduating within the top two percent – he went on to serve a mission for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (CCLS) in South Korea before earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from University of Utah.
He began his printing industry career at Pearl Pressman-Liberty Printing before working for various other firms such as West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Girard College for boys. Additionally, he was a member of Acca Temple Shriners, Shenandoah Lodge #13 and Staunton Elks.
He was both a founding associate (1919) and member (1922) of the Institution of Engineers Australia, representing its Sydney division on its council for three decades between 1939-544, and chairing from 1948-566 the Standards Association of Australia.
Tom Upton has held numerous roles during his career, from assistant coaching with Cedar Rapids RoughRiders to being named head coach for Minnesota Magicians where he led them to their inaugural playoff appearance ever.
Upton enjoyed an extensive professional baseball career. Between 1944 and 1946 he played for Norfolk Tars and Kansas City Blues before moving onto Ventura Yankees, Quincy Gems, and Binghamton Triplets in 1948. In 1952 he appeared in five major league games for New York Yankees without being successful at getting any hits at bat.
He was an incredible husband and father, showing exceptional strength and courage throughout his 16 year battle with multiple myeloma. All who knew him will miss him greatly.
Achievement and Honors
Upton joined the Royal Engineers during World War I and served as a sapper, becoming wounded and evacuated to England for recovery in February 1916. On his return to Australia in September 1919 he engaged in engineering work judging designs of bridges over major roads as well as an expansion project for Sydney’s water supply system.
He was honored with both the Kernot and Sir Peter Nicol Russell medals from the University of Melbourne in 1947 and 1949 respectively, while Western Australia University bestowed him an honorary doctorate that year.
Upton had an extensive coaching career as a women’s basketball coach, mentoring numerous female basketballers to national recognition such as Dot Easterwood and Martha Rayburn.
Tom graduated with distinction from Girard College for Boys with his bachelor’s degree in printing management. Additionally, he was an active member of Shenandale Gun Club, Acca Temple Shriners and Staunton Lodge #13 of AF&AM Masons – among many other organizations he belonged to. Tom will be sorely missed by family, friends and his beloved pet Shenandale.
At University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he played collegiate hockey before later serving as an assistant coach, recruiting teams that made three consecutive Division III Frozen Four appearances and won two national championships. He is survived by his wife Joan Boyd Upton; sons Stacey and Tom; daughter-in-law Peggy.
As an alternative to flowers, donations can be made in lieu of them to Shenandoah House Hospice or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Upton stands out as one of the wealthiest members of Congress. He owns assets including real estate, mutual funds and at least six individual retirement accounts worth more than $6 Million.
He worked alongside Edison at Menlo Park laboratory, which was better equipped than most university laboratories at that time. Equipped with galvanometers, storage batteries, wire chemicals and photographic equipment – it had everything necessary for scientific work at that time.
He has appeared in modeling gigs with Sam Edelman, David Yurman, Victoria’s Secret and other major fashion houses like Sam Edelman. Additionally, he’s part of MLB team Houston Astros and won two World Series rings during that time. Additionally, he married model Kate Upton who earned millions from Express and Bobbi Brown cosmetic ad campaigns; together they share one daughter.