THOMAS A. GIEGERICH, ORTHODONTIST. BA, RUTGERS, DMD, UNIV. PENNA., MS, CASE WESTERN RESERVE, UNIV.
Thomas Giegerich is a fourth-generation Island Native. His grandfather, Marcus, emigrated from Germany, to Atlantic City in 1886, to become the first salaried member of the Atlantic City Fire Department.
He attended Holy Spirit High. While attending, he played Varsity Football and was the Senior Class President.
He then went on to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He was a psychology major, and minored in science. During his college career, he was a Heavyweight Varsity Crew-Captain and a member of the CHI PSI Fraternity.
He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, receiving his DMD Degree. While attending UPENN, Tom was elected to the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, with a class rank of 10 out of 120.
Commissioned a captain, US air force and stationed for 3 years in Seville, Spain. Was the preventive dental officer for the military, 2000 dependents, and the base school system.
Bilingual in Spanish.
Orthodontic residency, Case Western Reserve, Univ., Cleveland. MS degree.
Tom later established a solo, private orthodontic practice in Cleveland. He owned the practice for 29 years, until he returned home to Margate in 2000.
In 1986 he, purchased the Colonial Manor Apartments, a 132-unit complex in North Ridgeville, Ohio. In 2010, he sold the Colonial Manor Apartments and purchased a CVS Retail Store in Brunswick, GA.
IN 1979, he formed a Panamanian corp. for the purchase and operation of the 192 ft. cargo vessel, Twillingate, from St. Johns, Newfoundland. Moved her to New Orleans and established a break bulk cargo service from the gulf to Central America.
IN 1984, he built the LOA 68 ft. Steel, square topsail schooner, Eagle, with coast guard certification for 49 passengers. It operated it in Newport, Florida, and St. Thomas for approx. 3 years it to a youth charter operation in Florida.
Tom has been a classical musical lover since college and maintained season tickets to the Cleveland orchestra for approx. 18 years. Likewise, since returning to Margate in 2000, he has been an avid fan and supporter of the Bay Atlantic Symphony.
In 2000, he took a 3-year travel sabbatical, bought the 46 ft. Sailing Ketch Osprey, and sailed the East Coast from Key West to Canada and back in 2001-2002. He made 3 Trans-Atlantic passenger voyages on the 360 ft. Sailing Ship, Star Clipper, and the 439 ft. Royal clipper.
In 2003, he returned to a part-time orthodontic practice, ultimately building a new office and private/solo practice in 2010 in Galloway.
Tom currently lives in his childhood home in Margate, NJ. He has 3 wonderful sons and 7 grandchildren in suburban Philadelphia, that occupy his time with their athletic activities and summer visits.
He has traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, Russia, Uzbekistan, Central and South America, and China.