IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Fleener '54


The Rev. Thomas W. Fleener (Class of 1954) died March 26, 2015, in Dallas at the age of 87. He attended The General Theological Seminary after service in the U.S. Army, and served as a priest in The Episcopal Church for 20 years, during which time he founded St. James Episcopal Church in Dallas and the Montessori School on the same campus. After leaving ministry, he had a number of different jobs, often as office manager, accountant, or executive assistant. Upon retiring he became very active in Al-Anon, and was a much sought-after speaker at their meetings and national conventions. It was at one of these meetings that he met Diane, who would later become his wife for the last 21 1/2 years of his life.

Along with his wife, Diane, he is survived by his children, Margaret Turner, Clare Lazar, Jim Fleener, Rob Fleener and wife, Lisa, and Kate Ridings, and by grandchildren, Sean Koger, Josiah and Sarah Turner, Lindsey Lazar, Tyler and Ashleigh Fleener, and Ben, Grace, and Richard Ridings, and also by his sister, Dorothy Johnson and brother, Bill Fleener. He and Diane also raised Ryan Rougely, their grandson, and they treasured the opportunity to learn the lessons God taught all of them along the way.