ACHIEVEability Mourns the Loss of a Good Friend

ACHIEVEability mourns the loss of our friend, Dr. Thomas Ten Have, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. 

We first got to know Tom through our work with the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, where Tom was a Core Director of the Information Core and we were a Co-Director of the Research Core. At meetings of academics and community members, in his quiet way, Tom would make sure that community representatives did not get totally lost in a sea of research acronyms and terms. 

In different ways, we got to experience his passion for helping provide opportunities for children, youth, families and communities striving to improve their lives; his ability to be responsive not only to the requirements of statistical rigor but also to the realities of our neighborhoods; his speedy and generous replies to e-mails requesting statistical guidance or general comments and even to invitations to our fundraising events. As we move forward with new research and evaluation projects so that we can help more families even better, we will gratefully remember Tom and his gentleness, generosity and genius. 

In part to honor his memory, we plan to do workshops to help improve understanding of statistics and research by youth and adults in the community and improve appreciation of the value of the field of statistics to society.  

In honor and memory of him, his family asks for donations in lieu of flowers to several nonprofits. One being ACHIEVEability.