Thompson Edward's Story
Thompson Edward Storey, chair of the Media Studies Department at Belmont University, passed away on Wednesday at his home in Old Hickory surrounded by his loving family. He was 62. Born in North Tonawanda, NY in 1955, Thom (aka. Linko) graduated from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY.
He was a sports reporter for Tonawanda News before attending graduate school at Iowa State. Thom arrived at Belmont in the fall of 1985 to begin the colleges journalism program. Over the course of 32 years of teaching, Thom became one of the schools more beloved figures, as testified by his students and colleagues. He was awarded the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award, educator of the year by the Southeastern Journalism Conference, and served on the board of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Though he taught across a range of subjects, Thoms specialty was ethics and the sometimes thorny situations journalists can face when covering the news. He turned his love of music - especially the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen- into a popular entertainment journalism track at Belmont. The recent resurgence of vinyl made Storey a rock star as he pulled from his collection of vintage records for his classes. He was a devoted family man. He and his daughter, Madison, had a love of roller coasters and would seek out the best and fastest. He and his wife, Caroline, were avid golfers and loved playing different courses together.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen, and his son, Joseph. He is survived by his loving wife, Caroline; daughter, Madison; father, William; brother, Peter (Barb); step-children, Thomas, Allison (Johannes) and Caroline (Stuart); grandson, Layne; granddaughter, Blake; nephew, Christopher; and niece, Rachel.
A Belmont University scholarship has been formed in Thom's name. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship you can do so here https://form.jotform.com/60974877426168 and designate your gift to the Thom Storey Scholarship. Checks can be made payable to Belmont University with Thom Storey Scholarship indicated on the memo line. The mailing address is: Belmont University Office of Development, Fidelity Hall 105 1900 Belmont Blvd. Nashville, TN 37212.
Published on January 22, 2018