Spotlight on Tom Kuebler
“The more that comes to me, the more that I have to give away,” says Tom Kuebler, current member of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Board of Trustees and former board member of Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind Foundation. He speaks eloquently of his life’s journey, his devotion to community service, and how he came to be a part of the Lighthouse family.
Tom’s early service began with an interest in working closely with those in the addiction and recovery community, work he still does to this day. Later, with the birth of his two sons and their diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), he would eventually be drawn to working with the blind community. His awareness grew stronger when his son Jeffrey began working at the Lighthouse, where he has been an employee for many years. Upon making a donation to honor his sons’ work, Tom would reconnect with President and CEO Kirk Adams whom he had met many years prior through their work in investment banking. Because of Tom’s passion for the Lighthouse mission, Kirk extended an invitation to join the Board of Trustees and later help found the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind Foundation where he has served for the last eleven years.
He remembers one of his proudest moments as a parent and board member at the Lighthouse was when his son Jeffrey was honored with the Ray Haman Employee of the Year Award in 2011.
“It was a truly special day for me; I was very proud of him,” Tom recalls.
As a well-respected leader and long-time supporter of the Lighthouse’s work, Tom’s recent retirement from his role on the Foundation Board was recognized with the naming of the Tom Kuebler Guide Dog and Employee Support Fund. When asked to reflect on his legacy, he replied; “I was able to educate and make the community aware of what blind people accomplish while helping to fulfill the mission of the Lighthouse.”
Thank you, Tom, for your many years of service and continued efforts to support the Lighthouse’s mission and helping us provide future opportunities for adults who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities.