Remembering Tom Palozola Jr. '15

May. 31, 2017

Palozola 
Cpl. Tom Palozola Jr.

Webster University was saddened to learn of the death of Tom Palozola Jr., an alumnus and current graduate student. The community extends sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

Palozola graduated with a bachelor's degree in Management in December 2015, and began graduate studies in January 2016. He was a leader on the home campus in Webster Groves, serving as president of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) for 2015-2016.

As SVO president, he led the effort to secure the grant for the on-campus Veterans Resource Center in June 2015 [Webster SVO Awarded $9,000 Vet Center Initiative Grant] and spoke at the opening of the Center in October 2015.

“Tom was the reason we have a vet center on campus," said Jason Blakemore, Webster University’s Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) counselor. "His work ethic and positive attitude were unmatched—he was willing to do anything to help. The things he accomplished in his free time was remarkable. He did so much for the SVO at Webster.”

At the dedication of the Veterans Resource Center on campus
At the dedication of the Veterans Resource
Center, which Palozola spearheaded on
the home campus in Webster Groves.

In a GoFundMe page established to help the family with funeral expenses, Palozola's brother, Matt, spoke of Tom's military accomplishments and service to others, extending from multiple tours as a U.S. Marine serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, to his selfless work for fellow veterans both at Webster University and through the VA.

Memorial Services

Details of visitation services on June 1 and funeral services on June 2 can be found through the Schrader Funeral Home obituary. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mission 22an awareness program bringing mindfulness of the challenges facing returning veterans every day, working to end the stigma surrounding post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

As a reminder, Webster University counseling staff and services are available to all students, faculty and staff at (314) 968-7030.

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