Peoria's First Chess Master Passes
I am sad to report the passing of Peoria's first chess master, Tom Mabee, on July 28th, 2020. Tom grew up in Peoria and began his chess career with the Peoria Kingsmen chess club in the early 60s. Tom and I formed the Bradley Chess team that won first place in the 1967 Midwest Intercollegiate. Tom later moved to St Petersburg, Florida where he earned his PhD at Florida State University. Subsequently he was a Professor of Psycology and maintained a private practive there.
Tom's chess accomplishments include victories at the Greater Peoria Open and the Iowa Open. He is also a many time Peoria Champion. Many of our current local players will remember him as he often returned to the Monday night club on his frequent trips to Peoria to visit his family. His obituary can be found here.
This is the hardest article I have ever written. Tom and I have been the best of friends for 57 years. - Murrel