Tom Nolan passed away December 31st, 2020 leaving behind a wife, grown children, grand children and thousands of people who loved and followed his passion of STEM education. An oceanographer by trade, Tom saw the best in everyone he met. Through twists and turns in his life, Tom worked in oceanography, space exploration and a host of education related trades.
Tom swapped ocean going ships for spaceships more than 20 years ago. Amongst other things he was recognised for his STEM outreach work by being awarded the 2019 JPL Bruce Murray Award.
On Tom's Facebook page he recently posted this quote: 'I choose to think I am born with obligations to serve past, present and future generations and the planet herself.' Tom spent his life in service to others. His life made a difference to thousands and thousands of people. I am sure there is a star shining so much more brightly as it is Tom looking at us from a higher place. He was more than a star to us. He is irreplaceable. A remarkable person who could never be replaced.
Tom Nolan's life is celebrated. We are all the richer for having been part of his world. In honour of his legacy, we should endeavour to be more like Tom Nolan every day. We strive for it. Humanity requires it. The world needs it.
In honour of Tom's legacy, we are seeking donations to create the Australian Tom Nolan INSPIRE Scholarships for those who strive to walk in his footsteps. The aim of the scholarship is to assist those in Australia who inspire others. Tom believed in helping those seeking to Dare Mighty Things.
The money will be used in Australia to identify and assist those who make a difference in the world. A small group made up of the family and work colleagues of Tom's will be the Australian Scholarship Committee.