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Obituary: Thomas Braden ’63

Thomas M. Braden of Union Street, Keene, died suddenly Feb. 11, 2011. He was born in Sanborn, N.Y., near Niagara Falls, and attended local public schools, graduating from Wilson High School in 1958. He attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he met Sandra Stalley, his future wife, who graduated from Antioch College in 1964. He graduated in 1962 and they married later that winter in Princeton, N.J.

He earned master's degrees in education and English as a second language from the University of Chicago and Adelphi University. Mr. Braden worked in Alaska at Mount McKinley National Park as a naturalist and taught at the Boston Museum of Science where his sidekick was a great-horned owl. Between 1966 and 1968, he and his wife served in the Peace Corps in Somalia, teaching English to children. He lived abroad from 1966 until 1976 in Somalia, Italy, Spain and Portugal. He taught at public schools in New Jersey and in New York. He started teaching at the Waldorf School of Garden City in 1981.

In 1996 he moved to Maine, where he taught at the Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport and later at the Cape Ann Waldorf School in Beverly Farms, Mass. In retirement, Mr. Braden taught main lesson courses at numerous Waldorf schools throughout New England: the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, N.Y.; Mericoneag Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine; White Mountain Waldorf School in Conway; and Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene.

For almost 30 years - from 1983 until the present - he worked at Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough. He was a nature counselor, summer camp director, and ultimately master of ceremonies. He consistently led Glen Brook's nature programs and Wednesday "trip days." He was planning on being at winter camp next week and summer camp this coming summer. He volunteered regularly at Glen Brook and was planning to teach a storytelling workshop to Camp Glen Brook's staff the day he died.

On the morning of his death, Mr. Braden remarked to his wife before heading out for his walk, "The sun is shining today."

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; his four children, Trevor, Twain, Shanna and Daphne; and six grandchildren, Sabian and Lyrica and Finn, Jonah, Raven and Oakley. A service was held Feb. 13 at Glen Brook in Marlborough