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Thomas S. Vander Woude

Greater love hath no man.

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On Monday, September 8, 2008, Christendom College’s former Athletics Director Tom Vander Woude passed away.

Vander Woude’s son, Josie, fell into a septic tank when the cover collapsed on their family farm. Vander Woude jumped in to save him and drowned in the tank while holding his son's head above the level of the contents of the tank.

Josie survived after being cared for at Prince William Hospital.

"Tom Vander Woude was a great man, a devout Roman Catholic, and great friend of the college," said College President Timothy O’Donnell. "He sent his children here and made an incredible contribution to not only our athletics program, but also to the larger life of the community here. Our hearts go out to his family at this time. He will be deeply missed."

Christendom College offered Mass on September 9 at 11:30 a.m. for the repose of the soul of VanderWoude and for the consolation of the VanderWoude family.

Vander Woude, 66, leaft behind his wife, Mary Ellen, and seven sons, Tom, Steve, Bob, Danny, Chris, Pat, and Josie.

Vander Woude served as Christendom’s Athletics Director for five years, until last year when his son Christopher took over the position.

Eternal rest grant unto Tom, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Read the front page story in The Washington Post.

Read the story about his funeral in The Washington Post.