Alumnus Learns Lessons of Service and Loyalty at St. John’s
Leadership, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to service are the values that Thomas J. Fitzpatrick ’69CBA, gained from his St. John’s education. He also developed lifelong friendships. “I served as president of my fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and still stay in touch and get together with my fraternity brothers 45 years after graduation,” he said. “And we are as close today as we ever were.”
Fitzpatrick, now semi-retired, had a fulfilling and successful 32-year career as an FBI agent, supervisor, and unit chief. His work was extraordinarily diverse as he led divisions in areas including civil rights, organized crime, and international terrorism.
Today, Fitzpatrick remains active as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus in his local parish in Safety Harbor, Florida. He attended St. John’s on a swimming scholarship and continues to maintain ties to St. John’s Athletics through his financial support of the Carnesecca Initiative and Men’s Golf program.
“St. John’s was such an important part of my life and it all started with that swimming scholarship,” he said. “Knowing that my giving back to the University helps others find a path toward success in their personal and professional lives gives me great satisfaction. It has become a particularly meaningful and important endeavor. I hope other alumni who can support the University’s goals realize its importance in sustaining and preserving the incredible education and opportunity St. John’s provides to so many young men and women.”