Tom spent his working years as a photographer for NASA Ames. He held two degrees, a political science degree from UC Berkeley and later a BA degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. Among his many achievements at Ames, was an award he received from NASA for his photography work in documenting the effect of weightlessness on the development of amphibian eggs while in space. Gravity is not required for normal embryonic development and the tadpoles were just fine. He also was involved in photographing the new K9 Rover in the newly built “Mars-scape” test facility in preparation for future missions to Mars.