September, 2021: In memoriam
RCCP bids farewell to our dear colleague and friend, Tom Endres

It is with a deep, profound sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Tom Endres.  Tom passed away on September 14, 2021 while vacationing at Pike’s Peak in CO.

Tom dedicated his life to the field of residential child care for more than 40 years.  His unwavering commitment to enriching the lives of children in care was extraordinary.  Tom always knew that this was his true purpose in life.  His Master’s degree from an Educateur program at Ohio State University was specifically designed for work in residential care.  Tom was a foster and adoptive parent, and he worked for organizations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Florida before joining us at the Residential Child Care Project in 2001, where his impact on the field of residential care evolved to a more global scale. 

Through his work with the RCCP, Tom helped improve the lives of many children and residential and school staff across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Australia, and Europe.  He embodied the principles that govern our work every day.  His commitment to helping young people and his love of life was inspirational.

“Our hearts are breaking over the loss of our dear friend and colleague.   We will miss his gentle kindness, unwavering commitment, and enduring drive to stay the course.  We are all better for having worked (and played) with him.  We love you Tom.  You will always live in our hearts and minds.

                        - The RCCP Team”

Obituary and services information can be found at:

College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

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