|Dr Thomas Hill "Tom" Fore, Jr|
|Birth: ||Dec. 24, 1956|
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 2012|
Dr. Thomas Hill Fore, Jr. age 55, of Powhatan departed this life to enter God's heavenly kingdom on June 2, 2012. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Jean M Fore and Jacqueline Ann "Jackie" Fore of Powhatan.
Dr Fore was Valedictorian of his Huguenot Academy Class of 1975, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Tech in 1979 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinarian Medicine in 1983 where he was a member of Society of Phi Zeta. Tom was a member of the Mortar Board of Leadership Society at Virginia Tech and a member of the Golden Hokies. He was an Eagle Scout. After completing his veterinary education, he returned to Richmond and worked with Ambassador Animal Hospital before establishing Claws & Paws Animal Hospital in 2004. Tom was an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Tom served as the Director of the PYAA Belles and Debs Softball Association, Assistant Coach for girls' softball for 4 years, and served on the committee for the upcoming 2012 World Series for Dixie Softball Debs and Belles. A life member of the U.S. Chess Federation and an avid chess player, he also had a love of sports playing in the 2000 Roy Hobbs World Series, completing 7 Richmond Marathons, and enjoying baseball, softball, and snow skiing. Tom was a member of Bethany Christian Church where he served as an Elder, Youth Leader and Worship Chair. He delighted in organizing Bethany's haunted house each year at Halloween. Tom was a loving husband, father, and son. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the many animals entrusted to his loving care.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 2:00 pm Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Bethany Christian Church. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Bethany Christian Church, 5400 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond 23225 or the Tom Fore, DVM, Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Virginia Tech, University Development (0336) Blacksburg, VA 24061. This scholarship fund will assists students desiring to have a career in veterinarian medicine.
Article: Richmond Times Dispatch
Powhatan veterinarian Dr. Thomas Hill Fore Jr. dies at 55
It was not hard to tell when Dr. Tom Fore was working at his veterinary clinic — the parking lot was full, and, in the waiting room, it was standing-room only.
He established Claws & Paws Animal Clinic in Powhatan — across the street from Pocahontas Elementary School — in 2004 after working for many years at Ambassador Animal Hospital in western Henrico County.
Friends and animal owners used terms such as "caring," "generous," "kind," "compassionate," "giving" and "genuine" to describe the 55-year-old, deep-voiced man who died June 2. He collapsed on a field while coaching his daughter's softball team.
A celebration of Thomas Hill Fore Jr.'s life will be today, Saturday, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Christian Church, 5400 Forest Hill Ave., where he served as an elder, youth leader, worship chairman and took delight in organizing an annual Halloween haunted house.
"He seemed to put everyone else first. The animals could sense it. I could sense it," said Richard "Dick" Conway of Midlothian, who sought out Dr. Fore when his cat Rusty developed a bad infection. Conway's regular vet had suggested either euthanizing the cat or leaving him at the animal hospital at Virginia Tech.
"Tom said, 'If you bring the cat to me every Tuesday, I'll see what I can do.' Tom took Rusty to his home several times and kept him over the weekends. By George, he got that cat well. Tom had this thing — the animals knew something special was going on," Conway said.
Carol Merritt Duty, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and formerly of the Richmond area, adopted a German shepherd mix six months after having Dr. Fore euthanize her terminally ill Yorkshire terrier.
The new dog — Mandy — became ill and Duty was heartbroken to realize she would have to put down this dog as well.
"Tom said, 'I understand. I'll do what you ask, and I'll find you another dog,' " Duty recalled.
Eighteen days later, the phone rang. Dr. Fore had found her a dog. "He came out of the back, grinning, with Mandy," whom he had not given up on, Duty said. "When I asked him, 'How much do I owe you?' he said, 'Absolutely nothing.' " Mandy lived to be 16 years old.
"No other vets come close," Duty said. "They never would have done what he did. He was one of a kind. You go through life and meet a lot of people. They don't touch your life like he did. He will stay in my heart forever."
Dr. Fore, who was an Eagle Scout, was valedictorian of the Class of 1975 at Huguenot Academy. He was a summa cum laude graduate in 1979 at Virginia Tech, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Golden Hokies and Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and community service.
In 1983 he graduated from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama, where he was a member of the Society of Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine.
After finishing veterinary school, he came to Richmond, where he worked at Ambassador Animal Hospital at 6506 W. Broad St. in western Henrico County.
Dr. Fore had served as director of the PYAA Belles and Debs Softball Association, an assistant coach for girls softball for four years and was on the committee for the upcoming World Series for Girls Softball.
Survivors include his wife and daughter.
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Record added: Nov 27, 2012
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