Tom Caldwell was a devoted husband, father of four children and 13 grandchildren, veteran of World War II, Harvard University law school graduate, church member and outstanding corporate, tax and estate planning attorney at three of Chattanooga's leading law firms.
His family, personal, legal, military, religious and civic duties are too many to list. As a member of the Chattanooga Jaycees he was one of the original founders in 1953 of the Orange Grove Center for the mentally and physically handicapped in an abandoned grammar school in downtown Chattanooga For 65 years he fought to help build the center into its present facility in Glenwood where the needs of clients are supported and treated. His efforts to protect the rights of those clients on both local and state levels are unsurpassed.
A normally quiet individual, he could be combative and forceful in the protection of Orange Grove's clients. For 35 years I've had the privilege of working with Tom on many legal matters pertaining to the center. His enthusiasm, ethical standards and love of Orange Grove on a pro bono basis exemplifies how he is eminently qualified to be one of the Best of the Best in the legal community.
His death leaves a void that is impossible to fill.