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It is with deepest sadness that TFE’s management team announces the passing of one of its owners and Vice Presidents, John T. “Tom” Telford.  Tom founded TFE with the vision of helping clients solve unique problems within the nuclear industry.  Tom passed away peacefully in his home in Gainesville surrounded by his wife, Eileen, and two sons.

Tom graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and received a Master of Science in Nuclear Science and Engineering from The Catholic University.  Tom began his career with the Regulatory Division of the Atomic Energy Commission (later known as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) in 1963. He served as both a project manager and assistant to the director of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. He was also the project leader with Lessons Learned Task Force following the Three-Mile Island Accident. Tom founded TFE, Inc. in 1988 in support of a contract to restart the K-Reactor at the Savannah River Site. He was the principal author of the reactor safety policy and served as member of the team that developed the management plan for the restart of K-Reactor. He also served as project manager for several technical projects intended to improve safety and demonstrate compliance with the newly developed DOE orders and policies.

Aerial photograph of the   Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant .  This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's  Public Health Image Library  (PHIL).

Aerial photograph of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power PlantThis media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library (PHIL).

In December of 2002, Tom became the 199th patient to receive a lung transplant at Shands at the University of Florida.  Tom spent the rest of his life devoted to finding funding for projects associated with lung transplants and chronic rejection.  Five years after a lung transplant, only 50 percent of recipients survive.  Tom not only defied all odds, he crushed them.  After his successful transplant in 2002, Tom set up a charitable trust to donate money to UF’s transplant efforts and teamed with professors from UF who were dedicated to lobbying state legislators about the need for more education about and research into organ transplantation.

In 2010, Tom saw his dream transform into reality when a $1 million grant was awarded to the University of Florida to establish a lung transplant center and to fund research projects aimed at solving post-transplant problems such as chronic rejection.

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TFE’s owners and management team are committed to leading TFE into the future with Tom’s vision, determination, and success as our foundation.  Please keep Eileen and Tom’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. 


Laura McKie
Chief Financial Officer

Tony Hunter
Vice President

Steve Crowe
Chief Operating Officer

Doug Heal