In Memorium: HFTP Past President Thomas Moore, CHAE

3 February 2020
  • In Memorium: HFTP Past President Thomas Moore, CHAE -- 1971-1972


HFTP regrets to announce the passing of HFTP Past President Thomas Moore, CHAE on January 31, 2020. Moore was an active HFTP member and served as HFTP president from 1971-1972. Over the years he continued his affiliation with the association, and had recently attended the 60th Anniversary Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.

In the 5oth Anniversary HFTP History publication, Moore recalled this anecdote about his time as an HFTP leader and the harried early state of HFTP governance:

A couple days before I was to be installed as incoming secretary, Claude Lilly informed us that our first president, Fitz (Charles F. Fitzsimmons, CHAE) had just died. Unfortunately he had been our only office executive from inception. A couple of months later, Kay Goodwill arranged for us to interview and hire Harris Mitchell. Mitchell's business performed services for many hospitality associations.

I was installed as president on my 44th birthday, September 25, 1971. At that time I believe I was the youngest to be president. Since then we've had other young presidents. During my presidency, I hired David Arpin of the Florida Hotel/Motel Association to replace Mitchell as office supervisor. In turn, Arpin hired Fran Tally, a journalist, to perform all the paperwork, including the publications.

Arpin resigned at the end of my term, but Tally continued working for us. My boss would fly me several times that year in his twin-engine airplane to our Jacksonville, Fla. office, so that I could work with Arpin to help teach Fran what needed to be done. Many times Fran had to hold up making her paycheck as the funds would be too low. In those days the chapter collected the national dues for us and so, the checks would not come in a timely fashion! We had to call the chapters for help to forward the dues more promptly. It was rough then.

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