by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL
Following some recent family deaths I was moving some boxes of papers around when I came across a letter date July 30, 1976 from Cliff Murphy, founder and president of Drilling Service Co.
My father, Thomas J. Finan, Jr. had died suddenly on July 23, 1976. HIs death came just under two months after I had returned to St. Louis to join him at St. Louis Construction News & Review, the publication he had founded in 1969.
"I feel that the greatest contribution made by Tom Finan, Jr. to the construction industry was the spirit he helped to create," Mr. Murphy wrote. "This spirit was exemplified in his support of the PRIDE organization, together with programs, trade associations, professional groups, and others he knit together for a single voice supporting the construction industry in the St. Louis area.
"Tom was especially proud of the fact that the paper offered labor representatives... a forum through which they could state their positions on developments in our industry."
I think my Dad would be very encouraged by the dialogue you have created through Construction Forum STL. Recently, our Forum communication committee decided that they wanted to launch a blog that would give all comers the opportunity to weigh in on issues important to them affecting our industry and our region.
You'll be receiving an email survey shortly asking you to suggest topics on which you'd like to contribute. I hope you'll respond to the survey and contribute to the blog.
My Dad has been gone 40 years this month, but his spirit lives on in your participation in opportunities afforded by the Forum.