Thomas E. Shipley



What teacher most influenced you?  
Capt Brown/ROTC
Which reunions have you attended?
Which was your favorite?

Fondest memories of your days at Central:
Good clean fun and people who cared

My life since graduation:  
Had a great 32 year career in the Navy.  Saw the world from inside a submarine, from the deck of a repair ship and from many plane trips back and forth across the Atlantic & Pacific. Met Laurie, my second wife (also in the Navy) in Charleston SC.  At the 35th reunion, I was recognized as having the youngest child---probably will again.  Our daughter Keli is a great little gymnast and student.  She keeps me young and busy.

Didn't want to be a government contractor, but did take a job managing several contracts for a Chattanooga small business for a couple of years.  Laurie and I bought a Bridal & Formal wear shop in 1997, but 2001 saw business decline and we closed it in Sept 2001.

I am currently using some of my Navy experience and am employed as the QA manager for Metropolitan/Walden Security, here in Chattanooga.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the 40th.

Update 1/30/2012
Still working!! Director of Quality Assurance @ Walden Security. Have a wonderful daughter who is a sophomore @ Maryville College.