Thomas Lilly

Thomas Lilly, who passed away last year at 87 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, will long be remembered by those he touched – from extended family members and close friends, to fans and admirers.

Lilly achieved 528 victories during his 27.5-year coaching tenure; including 241 wins by the men’s team alone.

Early Life and Education

Thomas Lilly was born in Mercer County, West Virginia. As a youth he lived on his family farm before teaching rural schools before going on to study law at McKinley University in Chicago, Illinois.

After graduating, he moved back to West Virginia and practiced law in Hinton for several years before taking on additional responsibilities as State Commissioner of Accounts and Divorce Commissioner of Summers County for some time.

Lilly owned and operated a material handling equipment and parts sales and service business. Additionally, he was active at St. Boniface Martyr Parish in Sea Cliff as the leader of church council and fundraising captain; Religious Education instructor; nocturnal adoration society member and an instructor of Religious Education classes. Furthermore he was a member of Navy League, Military Officers Association and Reserve Officers Association.

Professional Career

Tom Lilly played 14 seasons as an NFL defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys and earned seven All-Pro selections and 11 Pro Bowl selections during that time. The Cowboys honored his achievements by hosting an All-Tom Lilly Day at Texas Stadium (now AT&T Stadium). Furthermore, they inscribed him into their Ring of Honor above this stadium in 1975.

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Tom also serves as both men’s and women’s tennis head coach at Creighton University, coaching two College Sports Communicators Academic All-Americans as well as 18 selections to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team for men’s tennis.

Achievement and Honors

Rear Admiral Thomas Lilly, a retired officer of the US Navy, served as Supply & Disbursing Officer aboard USS Beetelgeuse (AK-260), an attack cargo ship supporting Mediterranean Sixth Fleet. Additionally, he held positions on Tulane University Law School’s Moot Court Board and Law Journal Staff.

Creighton University tennis coach Rob Peddie once boasted 427 coaching victories as head of both men’s and women’s tennis programs during his time there, amassing an astounding total of 427 during his four-year stint. For his efforts with men’s team alone – along with graduate assistant Brady Draheim – they received BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors in their final season with Creighton men.

He has also founded two companies to assist churches with planning, developing, and financing of their facilities: Church Planning & Development and Professional Church Bond Services. Furthermore, both him and Marge are active members of St. Boniface Martyr Parish in Sea Cliff.

Personal Life

Tom Lilly has dedicated himself to public service throughout his career. He has served on numerous board of directors for organizations and supported charitable causes; additionally, he holds certifications from both Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison and Commercial Lending School Norman Oklahoma.

He and Marge are active members of St. Boniface Martyr Parish in Sea Cliff where they serve on the parish council, act as fundraising captains and teach Religious Education classes. Furthermore, they enjoy attending local events as well as traveling the globe.

Thomas Lilly was born in Montgomery County, Virginia in 1802 to parents Turner Lilly and Judah Judith Meador. Thomas died at 82 in Summers County West Virginia in 1884.

Net Worth

At his death in 2001, Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical billionaire Eli Lilly left behind an empire estimated to be worth more than $500 million. When his heiress Ruth Lilly received her inheritance she donated much to philanthropy and arts-related causes ranging from building parks and libraries to providing clergy members time off work for spiritual reflection.

Before her marriage to petitioner, Helen W. Lilly taught school and gained valuable business experience working as an assistant buyer at a department store. Following their union she took an active interest in City Optical Co. operated by her husband and assisted him in running it successfully.

She joined him on inspection trips of his branches, meeting managers and oculists from those areas, thus becoming acquainted with them and contributing significantly to its operation. It is undisputable that this participation and her efforts during the taxable year cannot be challenged.

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