Obituary | Tom J. Slocum

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Obituary | Tom J. Slocum

Tom J. Slocum holds a camera with lighting equipment in the background.
Craig Chandler | University Communication and Marketing
Tom J. Slocum worked as a photographer at the university for 40 years, retiring in 2009.

Tom J. Slocum, longtime photographer for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, died Aug. 30 at age 79.

Slocum was adopted as an infant by Ralph and Dorothy Slocum and had a brother, Jim. He graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School and St. Paul Bible College and was a member of the Air National Guard, in the photography unit.

Slocum worked as a photographer at the university from 1969 until his retirement in 2009. He shot photographs for athletic and student events, Board of Regents meetings and countless other happenings at the university and Nebraska State Capitol.

Black-and-white photo of Tom J. Slocum holding a camera
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Slocum photographs an event on campus.

Slocum ran his own studio, Tom Slocum Photography, from his home for 45 years. He enjoyed working with and visiting with many returning customers through the years and had a variety of ways to make them laugh and smile.

His family will remember him for his humor and fun personality. He was a devoted husband to Cindy for 53 years and enjoyed spending time with her; their daughter, Andrea; and their grandchildren, Cameron and Marissa. He had a quick wit and a knack for quirky comments.

Slocum was a member of Zion PCA church and participated in men’s Bible study. Through the years, he and Cindy made many friends through relationships with fellow Christians at Southview Baptist and Lincoln Christian Fellowship churches, as well as Zion.

Slocum is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughter, Andrea Wiedel and husband Neil; grandson Cameron Asche, wife Sydney and great-grandson Jack; and granddaughter Marissa Kugel and husband Kyle. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

A memorial service will be at Zion church, 5511 S. 27th St., at 2 p.m. Sept. 17, with fellowship afterward. A private burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Samaritan’s Purse.

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