Major Thomas Wilson Love, Jr. (1919-1991)

Major Thomas Wilson Love, Jr. (November 14, 1919 – February 15, 1991)

Class 46-A-SE, 03/23/1946, 02102098

Thomas Wilson Love, Jr., son of Thomas Wilson Love, Sr. and Nora B. Ross Love, was born on November 14, 1919, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Thomas received all of his education in the public school system of Delaware County, PA.  He graduated from Haverford High School. As a youth, he joined and became a faithful member of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Ardmore.

Thomas entered the United States Army in 1942, and later transferred to the United States Army Air Corp; he entered as a cadet at Tuskegee Army Air Field. He graduated with honors from one of the last classes of Tuskegee Airmen pilots and received his wings as a Second Lieutenant. He served at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he was promoted to First Lieutenant, and in England where he was promoted to Captain. Upon returning from England, he joined the Air Force Reserves and was promoted to the rank of Major.

Thomas was united in holy matrimony to the former Mildred Dorsey, and this union was blessed with five children: Judith, Susan, Thomas, Brian, and Mark.

He studied drafting and later became employed by the General Electric Company as a draftsman, where he worked for thirty years. Thomas was also an artist and he loved to draw and paint, particularly nature scenes.

Thomas was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and served as Assistant District Commissioner. He was awarded the Arrowhead Honor by the Philadelphia Council. He was also a longtime member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. where he was part of the Speaker’s Bureau that regularly presented at schools, churches, and businesses.

Thomas was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He passed away on February 15, 1991. He is interred at Fernwood Cemetery at Fernwood, Pennsylvania.