Santa Clara University

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Alumni

Alumnus/Alumna Information
Last Name (while at Santa Clara):
Hall
Last Name (if different now):
 
First Name:
Tom
Graduation Year:
1961
E-mail:
tkhall36@gmail.com
     
Job Information
Job Title and Description:
Self-employed business owner
Corporation/Institution:
T K Hall Realty
Job City and State:
Rocklin, CA
     
Graduate and Professional Schools, Degrees, Awards
Before I was a chem major, I was first a CE major and then a bio major at at SCU. I went to St. Louis U Med School after my junior year, hated it, and came back to SCU and finished up as a chem major. Then off to Iowa State for my PhD., Ames, IA Organic Chemistry
Biographical Information
Before I was a chem major, I was first a CE major and then a bio major at at SCU. I went to St. Louis U Med School after my junior year, hated it, and came back to SCU and finished up as a chem major. Then off to Iowa State for my PhD. My first job out of grad school was as assistant professor at Chico State, then went to the University of Georgia to postdoc and teach for a couple years. With four kids, I decided I needed to try industrial research for higher pay, and went to Eastman Kodak as a Sr. Chemist in the Exploratory Color Photography Lab. After a few years there, I went to Rochester Institute of Technology as asst. professor for a year before returning to California (with 5 kids and no job). I got a real estate license and promoted a teaching job at West Valley College in Saratoga at about the same time. I kept on teaching, but continued my pursuit of business and real estate, eventually ending up with a brokerage and a property management company. ( I may be the only person in the state with a life teaching credential in both chemistry and real estate) Something had to give, so I resigned from West Valley to pursue my business interests full time. Later, I moved to the Sacramento area, where I still practice real estate, specializing in tax oriented transactions as well as the more traditional residential practice. My wife and I also own an internet-based marketing business. That's the broad outline; if anyone wants more gory details they can email me. The moral of the story is that there's a lot of interesting "stuff" to do; just do something, and do it well. If you decide later to do something else, do it and do it well,---and so on. As long as you do it well each time, there are no mistakes. It is called "growth" and having fun doing what you're doing.
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