The Story Behind La Foret's Thomas Trail
Susan & Gary Thomas
The Thomas Trail has been part of La Foret for 20 years. It’s there for you to enjoy, but also to honor our son Curt, who left us on July, 6, 1996. He loved La Foret. It was a special place where he found lifelong friends and an awakening to talents that carried him forward for the rest of his life. Curt was a philosopher, a scholar, and especially a teacher.
He was born on March 31, 1964 on the weekend of the largest Alaskan earthquake on record. True to that beginning, his life shook up all who knew and loved him. Curt had an intellectual hunger to understand his and our place in the universe, and plunged into study of the world’s religions, particularly those of South India. After receiving a degree from Colorado State, he spent a year in Mudurai, learning about his favorite Hindu god, Murugan. In India he acquired a spiritual world-view, and respect for other faiths that defined him for the remainder of his brief life.
Dick Brindle and Jayne Wolfe on the left, Sandy Stanley in the center, Grant Crooks and Curt on the right. Photo taken in front of Ponderosa at LaForet.
|A car accident took his life before he could finish his studies at Vanderbilt. Curt had so many friends that we could not keep count, many who we never met until they poured out their grief after his death. Most importantly, he was a very good friend with a great sense of humor. Curt’s best skill was to relate and teach young people in memorable ways. His role as a student and later student counselor at the La Foret MADD summer camp of the United Church of Christ, defined him as a truly caring and sympathetic teacher, who filled his classes with humor and imagination. His ability to relate to young people on the cusp of adulthood was a rare skill. He loved them as they loved him. |
Words cannot communicate the sense of loss of our son, who planned to devote his life to teaching. There are so many youths (now adults) who will never benefit from his sparkling personality, his wit and his wisdom. We hope that the scores who did know him will join us in honoring his memory, on this 20th year of his death. We ask his many friends and students for stories of how Curt touched their lives, or just to share memories of their friendship.