Born in Lexington, Ky., on July 2, 1922. Died, February 20, 1986. Attorney. Sports Official, Civic Leader. University of Kentucky, B.S., 1948; LL.B., 1950.
He began the practice of law in his native Lexington immediately upon graduation from the University of Kentucky College of Law, in 1950. His most recent association has been with the firm of Fowler, Rouse, Measle & Bell.
At UK, he was active in football, track, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity, and Lamp and Cross and Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. His early education was at Henry Clay High School and at Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.
He was awarded the Henry T. Duncan Memorial Plaque as Outstanding Attorney in 1966.
His activities have included the Lexington Club (President and Director); Lexington Country Club (President); Masonic Lodge and Shrine; Thoroughbred Club of America; Rotary, YMCA; National Trial Lawyers Association; Fayette County, Kentucky State and American Bar Associations; Legal Aid Committee (Chairman); Greater Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce (President and Director); St. Joseph Hospital (Director); Kentucky Family Security General Counsel and Director); Citizens Union National Bank & Trust Company (Director); American Convalescent Centers, Inc., Owensboro (Director); Cancer Crusade, 1968 (Chairman); United Community Fund, (Government agencies) Lexington (Chairman).
He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Second Presbyterian Church.
He has been an official in a number of Southeastern Conference football and basketball games, in Big Ten football, at numerous bowl games, and officiated in two NCAA basketball finals. He was manager of the Giants in Eastern Little League baseball. As a highly regarded professional football league official, he presided at the championship game between Green Bay and Dallas in 1966 and at the Super Bowl game between New York and Baltimore in 1969. He retired from officiating in 1977 after 15 seasons.
He was a Captain of the Air Force during World War II.
He was a member of the UK Board of Trustees, 1970-74.
Thomas P. Bell was named to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on April 7, 1975.