You are here

Obituary: Thomas E. Bingenheimer '70

Thomas Edwin Bingenheimer of Rosemont, PA, passed away on May 4, 2012 at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. He was 65 years old, and his loss has been unbearable for all who loved him. Tom was born in Lafayette, IN, to the late Dr L. Edwin Bingenheimer and his wife, Mary. He was the first of four brothers. Dr Bingenheimer's degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry offered many opportunities across the United States, and the family moved frequently while Tom was growing up, first to St Louis, MO, then to Memphis, TN, and finally to Lincoln, NE, where he graduated from S.E. Lincoln High School. Tom earned his B.A. at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, and then moved to Philadelphia, PA, in 1970 to pursue a graduate degree in Communications from Temple University and Philadelphia became his permanent home. Initially Tom began a career here in the printing and advertising industry, serving as president of the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association from 1993-1994. His many years of experience in this field made him invaluable to MBNA America Bank in Wilmington, DE, when he moved over to the procurement side of this business and managed outside vendors and contract pricing. He continued on in "enterprise sourcing" and supply chain management with Bank of America when they acquired MBNA and sourced 160 million dollars in annual spending across the enterprise. Tom never stopped learning, earning his M.B.A. from Villanova University in 2003, where he was a member of the Dean search committee for the College of Commerce & Finance as well as a Chair of their Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Tom also had many activities and interests outside of his work. He was an avid skier, an enthusiastic sailor, and a passionate scuba diver, even braving the cold northeast Atlantic waters in the pursuit of lobsters. His many guitars and his intense love of music brought him many hours of pleasure. He traveled often with his family throughout America, Canada, and Central America, plus sailing in the Caribbean and skiing in Austria. These wanderings then extended to Hawaii, Thailand, Ecuador, and Peru, and to safaris in Kenya and in Botswana. Tom is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Elise Stokes Meade, his daughter, Elise Story Picard, his grandson, Brooks Thomas Picard, his mother, Mary Ann Bingenheimer of Salem, SC, and his 3 younger brothers, Bob, Ken and Rick. A memorial service was held for Tom on May 23rd at the Bringhurst Funeral Home for family and friends. Donations may be made in his name to the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472, or to Antioch College, Advancement Office, 1 Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.