Thomas Nessel, age 63, son of Charles E. and Mary E. Nessel, was a life-long resident of Wilton. He graduated Wilton High School in 1968, Yale University in 1972 and University of Indiana law school, eventually practicing law in Bethel until a rare cancer forced him to leave the profession.
Over the years he also coached golf at Joel Barlow High School and Western Connecticut State University. Along these lines, with golf as a main hobby, Tom immersed himself in golf history, literature, equipment, and instruction. He wrote, but never published, a book on the golf swing, claiming to have cracked the elusive code that separates the elite golfers from everyone else. He said that the reason he did not reveal his findings was that, “it will make the game too easy and probably ruin the game for most people.”