Thomas Reveley, ’59, didn’t always know what he wanted to do when it came to his career. In fact, but for the advice of a supervisor at a forest nursery where he worked prior to college, the future wealth management leader might have taken a very different path.
“I went to Idaho because I was working in a forest nursery in Southern California,” Reveley said, “and the supervisor of that forest nursery told me that I ought to look at Idaho. When I told him I was going to join the Navy, he said, ‘Do me a favor, apply to the University of Idaho. And you don’t have to go, but at least do me the favor of putting in an application.’”
Tom graduated with a degree in forestry, and embarked on a career that first took him to Weyerhauser, a leader in the timberlands and wood-products industries. In New York City, Reveley joined Merrill Lynch as a commodity analyst. He continued his service with Merrill Lynch after he and his wife, Teita, moved back to the Northwest, settling in the Seattle area in 1972.
Reveley credits the University of Idaho for a “critical” role in his professional success, citing the unique environment at the home campus in Moscow.
“I think people cared,” Reveley said. “Professors cared, students cared. And even today, it’s probably one of the friendliest campuses that I think you’d ever visit.”
The Reveleys have stayed involved with Tom’s alma mater - supporting an array of scholarship funds and programs. It would be hard to find an area of university life the couple hasn’t supported through the years. A former member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors, Tom has contributed to athletics, to the Lionel Hampton Music Festival, the President’s Leadership Excellence Fund, to a number of facilities projects, and more.
Passionate about ensuring the success of future students, the Reveleys established the Thomas L. and Teita Reveley Scholarship Endowment. The new Geospatial Education and Research Complex at the College of Natural Resources also bears the Reveley name, a testament to their commitment to the innovative project centered on earth system science.
“When I hear about Inspiring Futures,” Reveley said, “I’m thinking of not just the future of the University of Idaho, I’m thinking about the future of our country. I’m thinking about the future of the next generation. I’m thinking about leaving this a better place. And I think the University of Idaho plays a major, major role in that.
“And I think that it is an undiscovered jewel.”