Dr. Thomas F. McGee, August 6, 1930 – October 5, 2021 ENCINITAS Dr. Thomas F. McGee died on October 5, 2021 in Encinitas, California, after a brief illness. He was 91 years old.
Tom was born on August 6, 1930 in Chicago to Robert W. and Anna (Tire) McGeer. A product of the Chicago Public Schools, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt College in Chicago before earning a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Chicago in 1962.
His most notable career was his 7-year stint as Director of Mental Health Services at Chicago City Council. During this time, Tom was instrumental in the development of several community mental health centers.
In 1972, Tom and his beloved wife Lili moved the family from Chicago to Solana Beach, California, taking over as Director of Outpatient Psychological Services at Tom Mercy Hospital. After many years at Mercy, while overseeing many psychology fellows, Tom went on to a similar role at California School of Professional Psychology / Alliant International University. After retiring, Tom remained active in the psychological community, traveled to Hong Kong several times to train psychology students, and participated in thesis committees.
Written in the Korean Conflict, Tom was very grateful for his fortunes in being stationed in France for 14 months, assisting a unit of architectural and structural engineers. He took advantage of this publication to explore Europe, an experience that fostered a passion for travel throughout his life.
Tom met his wife, Livier Alvarez (Lili), while they both worked at Lions International in Chicago. They married in 1957 and had 4 surviving daughters, Joan (Rich) Qualls, Diana McGee, Paula McGee (Paul Woods) and Maria (Sunny) Al-Shamma. Grandchildren Marisol, Anthony, Sandy, Ben, Gabriela, Eisa, Susanna, Liliama and Felice and great-grandchildren Damian Ray also live there. Bob, Pat, Kathy, Frank, Carol Jeanne, Richard, Jeff, Paul, Lydia, Tony and Adriana and sisters-in-law Raquel and Christina are also still alive. Tom killed his wife, Lili, his parents, his brothers Bill and Jim, Minnie, Connie, Beth, Bob, Mario and Ignacio’s sisters and brothers-in-law and niece Laura.
Tom’s Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, please send us an email [email protected] to find out the time and location.
If Tom and Lili wanted to make a donation in memory of Tom who supported the Encinitas Community Resource Center, the link is crcncc.org/give
Published by the San Diego Union-Tribune, July 17-22, 2022.