Memorial Tower Clocks Restored at Tamalpais High

Memorial Tower Clocks Restored at Tamalpais High

Tam Alumni philanthropy key to clock tower restoration at Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California

Tamalpais High School Clock Tower

Three New Tower Clocks at Tamalpais High School compliments of Tam’s Alumni Association

During a warm and sunny week in sunny California Ian Macartney and a crew from LUMICHRON Clock Company had the honor to replace the custom clocks at Tam High in Marin County.  Tam’s Class of 1947 first installed the set of three, 9-foot diameter clocks as a Class Gift to memorialize the Tam students and alumni that lost their lives fighting in World War II.

Because the memorial clocks had not consistently kept time for 67 years, former student and Vice President of the Tam Alumni Association, William Lee Sefton, class of ’61, convinced the Alumni President George Cagwin, class of ’56, and fellow board members to fix Tam’s clock tower once and for all.  LUMICHRON  was contracted to install three brand new, state-of-the-art, clock movements for each of the three clock faces.  A GPS-controlled computerized master clock controller keeps all faces correct and  in sync with each other . . . and with Atomic Time.  The completely automatic controller also adjusts for Daylight Savings and power interruptions.  The alums mounted a fund raising campaign, focusing on participation by alumni, community leaders, and Mill Valley residents.  The Tamalpais High School Alumni Association is an IRS recognized 501c(3) non-profit charitable organization.  Their purpose is to continue and memorialize the great traditions and history that has made Tam consistently one of the top 500 high schools in the United States of America.   You can contact them at backtotamday@sbcglobal.net.

It’s nice to see a community coming together to restore a piece of history.   Thank you Bill Sefton and the Tam High Alum for letting LUMICHRON be a part of your tradition!!

Tamalpais High School Alumni Tower Clock Restoration, Tower Clock Repair

Tamalpais High School Alumni Association members from left, Garett Eckelhoff, Bill Sefton (association vice president) and George Cagwin (association president) hold numbers removed from the Tamalpais Tower Clock.

 

Ian Macartney view from the top of Tamalpais clock tower

Ian Macartney standing on top of the tower; Christmas Break, 2013

Kier Macartney at Tamalpais Install 12-2013

Kier Macartney of Lumichron prepares to lower one of the old numbers from the face of a clock on the Tamalpais High School clock tower in Mill Valley, CA

Original old and worn-out clock mechanism from the Tamalpais Clock Tower

New state-of-the-art clock mechanism, for Tamalpais clock tower

New state-of-the-art clock mechanism, for Tamalpais clock tower

Lumichron provides personal attention from the owner himself - Ian Macartney at Tamalpais Clock Tower install 12-2013

Lumichron provides personal attention from the owner himself – Ian Macartney at Tamalpais Clock Tower install 12-2013

Kim Baez, of the Alumni Association helps prepare the new clock numbers for the Tamalpais Clock Tower

Kim Baez, of the Alumni Association helps prepare the new clock numbers for the Tamalpais Clock Tower

Tamalpais with Scaffolding

TAM clock tower
Up on the Roof, Tamalpais Clock tower