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Tom Dell


Tom Dell

My interest in Rock and Roll and music in general began in Atlanta in 1957 when I got my Stella four string guitar. Bands I was in played many high schools and colleges in the Southeast, along the East coast and we played clubs in Florida, Atlanta and New York.

I still get together regularly with men I have been working with for more than 50 years and we have played at all four Oakhurst "Porch Fests". I have been presenting my courses at Emory OLLI for the past four years. I also present at Central Dekalb Senior Center and Brenau Univ.

I graduated from Georgia State University earning a BBA after serving six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. My working career involved being a working musician, owning and operating a retail stereo equipment store, industrial sales of digital and fiber optic telephony hardware to the various operating telephone companies, sales management at the vice-president level, and building a functioning marketing department for a fiber optic equipment manufacturer.

Since retiring in 2013, I have enjoyed developing and delivering a series of courses for senior citizens involving the origins of Rock and Roll, playing in a rock and roll band, serving as a board member of the Grady High School Foundation, and watching our grandchildren (28, 10, and 9) grow into beautiful people. We have two daughters, one son-in-law, and one grandson-in-law. The daughters are beautiful and talented, and the son-in-law is a keeper. The grandson-in-law looks like he may qualify as a keeper as well.