On July 16, 2012, the University of West Florida and the College of Business lost a dear friend, trusted mentor and legendary faculty member who shaped the careers and lives of countless UWF graduates. Dr. Tom Committe, affectionately knows as "Dr. C" passed away at the age of 89.
Dr. Committe was one of the founding faculty members and first Chairperson of the Accounting Department at the University of West Florida beginning in 1967. It was at UWF that he performed his greatest work. Utilizing a combination of common sense and practical problem solving skills, he created a curriculum that prepared thirty years of graduates for successful careers in business.
If he were to be remembered for any single accomplishment in his life, he would want that memory to be of the many lives he touched during his work at the university who will no doubt still recall his famous line "the biggest problem is knowing what the problem is."
During a recent interview with College of Business Dean Dr. Ed Ranelli, in preparation for the grand opening of the college's new Education Center, Dr. Committe reminisced that he spent his tenure at the university focusing on "the business of changing lives." And that he did. "His greatest work and enduring legacy are the many lives he touched and the profound impact his work at UWF has had on shaping the values and mission of the College of Business," said Dean Ranelli.
For a look at Dr. Committe's last interview with Dean Ranelli, please click here.
To view his full obituary in the Pensacola News Journal, please click here.