Saying Goodbye to a Colleague and Friend

When fellow marketer Candace Quinn, left me an urgent message to call her, I had that intuitive feeling that it wasn’t going to be good news. And was shocked to learn from her that longtime colleague and friend,Thomas Tebbens had died just that morning.  Tom was vice president of marketing and communications at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. He’d been there just two short years, but was orchestrating major change initiatives when he passed away.  Prior to his work at Einstein, Tom was the chief marketing executive at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York City, and had a long, successful career in the advertising field.  His obituary in the Philly Inquirer referred to Tom as a adman – I think he would’ve liked that.

Besides his professional contributions, which were many, Tom also was active in the community and in the arts, and treasured his family above all.

How hard it is to say goodbye.

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