Oakland Voices is sad to share the news that one of our alumni members, Tom Webb, has passed away.
“We were so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing,” said Martin Reynolds, Oakland Voices Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Maynard Institute, of which Oakland Voices is a program. “We just saw him at a recent Oakland Voices gathering.”
Reynolds added that Tom had a passion for telling stories of hope. “Tom was a solid correspondent and a very decent and thoughtful person. He brought an empathy to the stories he wrote and the way he engaged his fellow Oakland Voices correspondents. He did important work on behalf of the program and in service of East Oakland. He will be missed and we send along our deepest condolences to his family and those who loved him.”
Oakland Voices alumnus Bill Joyce, who attended Webb’s memorial on December 28, 2019, said that the Oakland Voices program was an important part of his life. At the memorial, his article titles were read out loud. “Tom found much impetus and joy in his writing thanks to Oakland Voices,” Joyce said.
Tom Webb was born on August 5, 1955 and raised in Santa Rosa, CA . Since 1980, he pursued graduate studies at the University of San Francisco (Theology, 1982), Duquesne University (Formative Spirituality 1994) and Catholic Theological Union (Pastoral Studies 2003). Webb spent nearly 20 years living and working in the San Francisco Bay area as a Catholic high school teacher, lay pastoral associate and non-profit administrator. He was involved in faith-based justice and peace and reconciliation efforts, including serving on the national council of Pax Christi USA. After spending nearly 13 years outside the Bay Area, he returned and served on the staff of the Oakland Catholic Worker. (Read more about Webb here).1
“Among his many pursuits, Oakland Voices was one he cherished,” Joyce said. “His OV training served as a springboard to writing regularly on themes of social justice for several publications right up to his death.”
Here is a selection of Tom Webb’s articles, published through Oakland Voices:
I knew Tom only a short while during his respite after working in the Oakland Catholic Worker. He was working on his next assignment, not knowing where it would be. He was totally devoted to serving the poor, the downtrodden, and the oppressed. Tom’s presence shall live on in our hearts and his voice in the internet archives of his published writings. The world has lost a true servant.
Thank you so very much for the kind words of my brother. I will enjoy reading these articles and any more you might be able to provide.