November 10, 1932 - March 28, 2021
KIRKLAND, THOMAS D., age 88 of Knoxville, died March 28, 2021 at 7:25 pm. He was a retired newspaper executive, college administrator, and self-employed business and tax consultant. Born in Dallas, he studied journalism at the University of North Texas and later earned a master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He began his career in the newspaper business in 1956 as a part-time reporter at the Denton Record-Chronical, a daily newspaper in the Dallas area, where he advanced to the position of vice-president and managing editor. He later was editor, publisher, and president of a group of nine community newspapers in the Los Angeles area. He then served as director of public information at Cerritos College of California, assistant to the president and director of Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI, and director of public information at Montgomery College in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. As a business and tax consultant, he operated his own businesses in Gaitherburg, MD, and Clearwater, FL, before moving to Knoxville in 2007. He is survived by his partner of 45 years, Richard O. Twining; by a niece, Nancy Valant of Dallas; two nephews, Allen Mather of Arlington, TX, and Kirk Mather of Mountain View, AR; a special friend of more than five decades, Claude Adams of Cedar Hill, TX. A graveside service will be held at 12:30 pm on April 23, 2021 at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Hwy. Arrangements by Rose Funeral and Cremation - Mann. Online condolences may be made at www.rosefuneraltn.com.
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