Thomas M. Mikula
Williamsburg, Va. — Thomas M. Mikula passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014, in Williamsburg at the age of 87. He was Kimball Union Academy’s 16th Head of School and led the Academy from 1974-1989.
He will be remembered as an important and influential leader of Kimball Union and a generation of KUA students and faculty during a critical time in the school’s history. His devotion to education, commitment, hard work, dedication, and the positive effects of his passionate calling live on today in those he taught and inspired, and those with whom he collaborated for the betterment of the school.
Tom was born in Johnston, Pa. A graduate of William and Mary, he first taught at Philips Academy. He then came to the Upper Valley to teach at Hanover High School. He and Elva also became integral supporters of Dartmouth College students and the A Better Chance (ABC) program, a program dedicated to assisting bright, disadvantaged minority students.
He was preceded by his wife, Elva Waltrip Mikula. Thomas is survived by his son, Edward Mikula; daughter, Anna Mikula Pawlewicz and her husband, Richard Pawlewicz; grandchildren, Jessica and Thomas Mikula, Karl and Michaela Pawlewicz, and Hannah Pawlewicz Viera; and two great-grandchildren, Abel and Xavier Viera.
A Celebration of Life will be held by Kimball Union at the Meriden Congregational Church in Meriden, N.H. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas and Elva Mikula Scholarship Fund at Kimball Union Academy, P.O Box 188, Meriden, NH or to the William and Mary Foundation for the Thomas M. and Elva W. Mikula Endowment, P.O. Box 399, Williamsburg, VA 23187.