Thomas J. Spring (born July 31, 1904) was an American judge and a State Deputy of Massachusetts for the Knights of Columbus.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the explorer Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to working-class and immigrant Catholics in the United States, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, including war and disaster relief, actively defending Catholicism in various nations, and promoting Catholic education. The Knights also support the Catholic Church's positions on public policy issues, including various political causes, and are participants in the new evangelization. The current Supreme Knight is Carl A. Anderson.
Spring was born on July 31, 1904 to Francis and Catherine (Cronin) Spring.He attended Boston College, the Staley School of the Spoken Word, and Northeastern University School of Law. One of his children with his wife, Gertrude J. McCabe, had Govener Paul A. Dever as a godfather.
Boston College is a private Jesuit research university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The university has more than 9,300 full-time undergraduates and nearly 5,000 graduate students. The university's name reflects its early history as a liberal arts college and preparatory school in Boston's South End. It is a member of the 568 Group and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Its main campus is a historic district and features some of the earliest examples of collegiate gothic architecture in North America.
Staley School of the Spoken Word also known as "Staley School of Oratory", "Staley School", or "Staley College", was a college in Brookline, Massachusetts, founded by Dr. Delbert Moyer Staley, that closed in 1957. Originally named College of the Spoken Word, it opened in 1905 on Huntington Avenue in Boston; by 1920, the school had relocated to Brookline and was located at Washington Street and Cypress Street. As of 1992, their charter was held by Boston College.
Northeastern University School of Law(NUSL) is the law school of Northeastern University in Boston. The School of Law is nationally recognized for its public interest law and cooperative legal education programs.
In November 1951, Spring was appointed a judge in Roxbury District Court.On December 7, 1960 he was sworn in by Governor Foster Furcolo as a justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. He retired in 1975 and in 1980 became a Commissioner of the United States Courts.
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On May 16, 1954 he was elected State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus.Under his leadership, Massachusetts experienced the largest increase in councils in the 20th century. He was a master of the fourth degree.
Spring was buried in Milton Cemetery.
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