Tam Alumni philanthropy key to clock tower restoration at Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!!