Thomas McCarty was a doctor who practiced medicine in western Kansas for nearly the entirety of its recorded history in Ford County.
Master Mason, Knight Templar and Shriner; member of Episcopal Church
Early Life and Education
Tom McCarty hails from Lexington, Nebraska where he attended Tri-Valley High School before attending Marshall University to earn a BBA with majors in Management and Economics before later earning a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University.
He began his career as a prosecutor and has extensive experience handling misdemeanor and first-degree sexual assault cases, in addition to speaking at schools and religious organizations about the risks posed by social media and sexting.
Thomas McCarty is a photographer working with film. His images have been featured in multiple magazines such as CNDY Magazine, The Printed Dog and Le Roy. His photography explores normative suburban space as well as existing power dynamics; recent projects focus on dominant and submissive roles played out between handlers and their dogs.
Tom McCarty is an aggressive attorney with extensive trial, litigation and high-stakes negotiation experience. A former prosecutor himself, he developed a passion for serving his community by protecting victims against those that would exploit them. Now with Rafi Law Group as an attorney he fights tirelessly on his clients’ behalf to achieve success for all.
He is also an accomplished artist, having his works displayed at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Mountain Top Gallery, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. His wood sculptures have earned numerous awards and honors.
He was a member of a labor union. His interest in labor unions began on his first or second day at Boeing when his lead engineer informed him there was a union for engineers there and encouraged him to join.
Achievement and Honors
McCarty made major strides as superintendent during his short term, beginning major construction projects in Ford County and revamping purchasing and hiring practices. Additionally, he increased teachers’ salaries while initiating aid programs for students; additionally he opposed oil exploration in the Everglades while offering scholarships for teacher training.
Volunteerism was at the core of his being, serving on various community organizations such as his church Board of Trustees. Additionally, he belonged to Rotary Club and National Education Association memberships.
Thomas McCarty received numerous honors and awards throughout his career. In 2011, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors recognized him with an annual award presented to an outstanding professor for contributions made to environmental engineering research, teaching, or practice – this award carries both a plaque and cash prize.
Tom McCarty was a long-standing resident and active participant in community affairs, holding membership at both Zanesville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and The Muskingum County Bar Association (now Ohio State Bar Association).
His national politics were that of a Democrat; however, when it came to local elections he did not display party badges. Additionally he was an active member of both Subordinate Lodge and Commandery of Masonry and Odd Fellows.
He was a loving family man, deeply committed to his wife. In addition, he enjoyed music-especially blues-infused guitar playing as well as travelling and reading avidly. On May 20th 2021 at home with his beloved wife by his side he passed away peacefully.
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Tom brings extensive senior leadership roles in internet and direct marketing businesses. He was a key member of the team responsible for launching Aptimus, an education lead platform sold to Apollo Group; additionally, Tom led his marketing team in overhauling Apollo Group’s largest education affiliate program with an increase of 20% performance improvement.
He enjoys reading and giving back, volunteering his time and resources in support of various causes and charities. Together with his wife he lives in Bristow, Oklahoma with their four children.