Photo from article in The Channels newspaper. http://www.thechannels.org/features/2016/11/11/retiring-justice-studies-professor-leaves-lasting-mark-on-program/
In the Justice fields from Investigation, Forensics and Government, I have been blessed to know, have known and learned from some of the most famous, most respected and renowned experts in their respective fields. However I can say without a shred of doubt that it was this man who has been my greatest influence and inspiration to do what I do. He challenged both my assumptions and helped me see how I can be an even deeper critical thinker,
He also exemplified a humility that reminds me no one is ever too educated or experienced to no longer need to seek learning more with the same zeal and enthusiasm as a green detective breaking in the field. Many times in my case work whether in dealing with crime, terrorism, courtroom politics, or community relations, I often find my mind wandering to some lecture or conversation related to some area where I may find myself struggling with that day and drawing from some insight I didn’t realize i actually retained or ever thought I might need someday.
Most importantly he showed me its not only ok to be passionate about what you do and who you serve AND be a pragmatic smart ass but that both will save me from letting either one drain my soul or blind my objectivity. 😉
I cannot thank Dr. Tom Mahoney enough for all he has taught me to do and challenged me to become.
I can only hope that should he ever see from afar the noise I’m making in the world chasing cases and monsters I probably ought to avoid, that behind the rolling eyes there is a smile and pride that he had something to do with it lol.
Thank You Tom and wish you an awesome and well deserved retirement and insane scores on the greens.