Thomas Brigham

Thomas Bell Brigham

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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Thomas Bell Brigham, 72, of Missoula, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Arrangements are pending and will be announced. Condolences for the family may be left at

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Virginia Sullivan

Posted at 01:52pm
I served on the Bike Walk Montana board with Tom and also had the honor of sharing federal lands interests and TRB attendance. I enjoyed knowing him very much. His wisdom, experience and passion for outdoors and cycling will be greatly missed.
Ginny Sullivan
Adventure Cycling Association

Thera Black

Posted at 07:20pm
Tom was a friend and mentor to me from my earliest days with the Transportation Research Board when I served on his ADA50 Programming committee back in 2003. Even after my TRB path took me in different directions, we made time to connect every year and catch up on life, work, and everything in between. This past January I spent a memorable Sunday afternoon talking with Tom in a sun-drenched atrium while outside was deep in snow, picking his brain about career paths. After some time of listening to me he asked in that gentle but deeply affecting way of his, why I wasn't considering working for myself. I brushed it off at the time but the idea took hold and never left me. Over the last several months I put my plans into place and on June 30, the day before I started my new chapter, I reached out to let Tom know how the seed of an idea he planted back in January had changed my life course. He knew even before did that this was the path for me and I'm sorry to not have been able to share it with him personally. I'll always cherish our times together, the meals shared and his recommendations for not-to-miss ethnic restaurants in DC, stories of his adventures which I'm realizing only scratched the surface, long conversations, and most of all the friendship and wisdom he shared with me over the 16 years I knew him. You're the best, Tom - thank you for everything! Ride on, Friend. Thera Black, Olympia

Dick Turner and Sandy Straehl

Posted at 06:40pm
Dick and I first met Tom in 1996 and shared professional interests with him as well as his love of rural spaces and the West. Tom was generous with his gifts and enjoyed sharing his stories, his expertise, and his interests. He was a strong hiker, biker, and skier, but he never left anyone behind on the trail— even if it meant slowing down, stopping, and waiting for the “bunny” hiker to catch up and recover their breath. Although Tom was always up for adventure — another hike or bike ride on a new trail, Tom was just as content to share a brew and catch up. Listening was a strong suite for Tom, and encouraging others to share their worlds made his friends look forward to crossing paths and reconnecting. He was a reliable professional colleague who was willing to participate on national panels and committees that must have eaten up huge amounts of his personal time. He was the guy with the gentle sense of humor who took the time to encourage young professionals. He also understood the challenging dynamics of intergovernmental decision-making and was expert in the use of honey to move decisions and investments forward in collaborative positive directions. The steadiness and gentleness of his approach will be missed in our often contentious world. But mostly we will miss those quiet times sharing stories over a beer or glass of wine. Dick Turner and Sandy Straehl

Vanessa Bauman

Posted at 03:28pm
I remember sitting in Tom's office listening to stories about hopping trains across the country as a young man, about his experiences mountaineering and traveling, and then he would segue into topics on philosophy and planning. He could tell a good story. At the time, I thought he was the perfect Professor of Life. An ambitious man of adventure. compassion, and deep thought. We worked together, we laughed together, and I watched and learned. I will forever admire him and miss him. Yes, Ride on Tom!

His friends at HDR

Posted at 10:34am
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