In memoriam: Trustee Emeritus Thomas E. Larkin Jr.

Author: Sue Ryan

Thomas E. Larkin Jr., a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, died July 29. He was 78.

A member of the board since 1996, Larkin became an emeritus trustee in 2010. Among his many contributions to the University, he served as chair of the Mendoza College of Business advisory council and was a member of the president’s development committee and a long-time member of the investment committee.

“Tom lived a life in service to others and we are deeply grateful for his leadership and his love for Notre Dame,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “We pray for the consolation of his family and friends in this time of sorrow.”

Larkin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame in 1961, and pursued postgraduate studies at the New York University Graduate School of Business from 1962 to 1966.  

A resident of Newport Beach, California, Larkin served as vice chairman and member of the board of directors of Trust Company of the West (TCW) Group, a global asset management firm, and TCW Asset Management Company, based in Los Angeles. Before joining TCW, he was senior vice president at Crocker Investment Management Corp., and was a senior vice president and director of marketing at Bernstein-Macaulay Inc.

Deeply involved in community service, Larkin was a board member of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Heart and Lung Surgery Foundation, Loyola Marymount University, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Automobile Club of Southern California. He also served on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ finance council, investment committee and education foundation.

Larkin was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, and is survived by a son, Thomas E. Larkin III.

Arrangements are pending.

Originally published by Sue Lister at on August 06, 2018.