Thomas P. Lydon
Memories from Class of 1963 Evening College
As I look back 50 years and wonder where did the time go. It has been a great journey, thanks to the opportunity to attend the Evening College at Drexel. I feel my life has been blessed with many opportunities that would never have happened. For many years after graduation when showing my resume to a future employer he gave me extra consideration because I was able to have a family and get a degree showing my determination to achieve my goals.
I started in September 1954 and because of illness had to take a year off. During the entire 9 years I was able to work for some great companies that set my future in the computer business. Even though we did not have an official Computer Science course or a programming course. I was able to get the basics of digital electronics because our teachers, from RCA and GE and other local companies, were working in the computer industry and were up to date on the latest advances in the field. I worked for Univac/Remington that was battling IBM for a part of the emerging computer market. While there I learned about building a digital computer using solid state electronics, transistors as they were called then. It was a first of its kind. These were the beginning of the electronics we all use today.
During these early years I married the love of my life, Dorothy in the summer of 1954 and showed up for the start of my freshmen year in September 1954. We remained married for 52 fears until her death in 2006. We had seven children during that time. We now have 16 grand-children and one great grandson.
I stayed in the computer industry for over 50 years. Starting first as an engineer and then I changed to sales. In the sixties I worked of Honeywell and had the opportunity to work with the astronauts of Gemini as well as the early Apollo ones. Our computers were used in the simulators to prepare them for their ride into space.
I am now retired and living in beautiful San Diego, CA. I make it to the Drexel game each year when the Phillies come to play the Padres.