Thomas E. Magill: A True Friend

A week ago tonight one of my dear friends passed from this earth. Thomas E. Magill was my close friend and I am saddened at his death. Tom was a defense attorney, and so we were often adversaries with Tom defending many of the cases I filed on behalf of my clients. We even had tried a wrongful death case against each other. It is through that framework of being opponents that we became the closest of friends. The fact that we became such good friends even though we were typically on the opposite sides of cases is a testament to the professionalism in the law, that two opposing counsel do not have to take anything said or done in the heat of the battle personally, but can do their jobs on behalf of their respective clients, seek justice on behalf of their clients and still come out of that battle with the deepest respect for one another. That is one thing that makes the legal profession so noble and unlike any other profession on Earth. It is also a testament to my friend, Tom Magill. The world was a better place with Tom in it. I will miss him dearly.

MAGILL, Thomas E. THOMAS E. MAGILL Tom Magill died with grace and serenity on Monday, October 5, 2009. He was a loving and beloved husband and father, a respected attorney, a faithful servant of God, and a loyal and trustworthy friend to many. He will be remembered with joy and will be sorely missed by the many whose lives he touched so deeply. Tom was born in Washington, D.C., on July 13, 1953, and moved to Birmingham, Michigan in early childhood. He graduated from University of Detroit High, Kalamazoo College, and Tulane University School of Law, and he maintained lifelong friendships with classmates from each school. He moved to Atlanta in 1978. He then joined the firm of Carter, Ansley, Smith and McLendon and in 1996 formed his current firm, Magill and Atkinson. He was also an experienced mediator with Henning and Associates. Tom was an avid golfer and cherished his time on the course at Druid Hills Golf Club. Tom was an active and faithful servant of the Lord at the Cathedral of Christ the King, and he loved his many dear friends there. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 26 years, Dr. Carol Brock, and the three children he delighted in, Jenny, Connor, and Chris. He is also survived by his sister Ann (Richard) Nahigian of Fresno, California; brothers Douglas (Karen) Magill of Solon, Ohio, Robert F. (Carol) Magill, Jr., of Dexter, Michigan; nieces Emily (Dane) Wildey, Ann-Marie (Danny) Kraft, Katie Magill, Krista Magill, Kirstie Brock, and Jodie Cunnington; nephews, Douglas A. Magill, Jr., Brian Magill, Marc Magill, Michael Magill, Sean Magill, and Brock Cline; great-nieces Claire Wildey and Martha Lee Brock Shepherd; great-nephews, Stone Wildey, Colson Kraft and Oscar Duke Shepherd; and many cousins. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Robert F. and Aileen (O’Connor) Magill. Tom and his family are forever grateful for the love and support shown by their family, friends and fellow survivors over the past three years, since the beginning of his journey as a multiple cancer survivor. Family will be receiving friends Thursday, October 8 from 6 to 9PM, with the rosary at 8PM, at H.M. Patterson and Son, Spring Hill Chapel. The funeral service will be held Friday, October 9 at 10AM at Cathedral of Christ the King. A private burial will be held at Honey Creek Woodlands at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, American Cancer Society , Kidney Cancer Association, Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, the Cathedral of Christ the King, or to the charity of your choice.