Thomas S. Baron
South Yarmouth – Thomas S. Baron, 80, of South Yarmouth, MA., formerly of Worcester, and West Warren, MA, passed away peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital on January 18, 2022. He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Serafin) Baron, his children and their spouses, Andrew (Drew) and Diane Baron of Redmond, WA, Christine Baron and Inanc Cavdar of Beverly, MA, and Stephanie Baron of Glenwood Springs, CO, his grandchildren Madeline Elizabeth and Luke Harrison Baron, and many nieces and nephews.
Thomas was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Helen (Wisnowski) Baron of West Warren, MA, and his three brothers Joseph J. Baron Jr. of Morris Plains, N.J., John C. (Jack) Baron of San Antonio, TX, and Francis (Frank) Baron of King, WI.
Thomas graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Worcester, MA in 1959. There, he met Dorothy, his wife of 52 years, marrying in 1969. He went on to graduate and become a proud alumnus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, stalking their libraries and lectures for the remainder of his life. At WPI, he served in ROTC, and upon graduation, joined the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Captain, and serving in the Corps of Engineers from 1964-68 in Thailand during the Vietnam Era. After discharge, he returned to Massachusetts and began a 26-year career with the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC)/Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), advancing to Operations Director, providing public water service up to 300 million gallons per day to the millions of people in the Greater Boston Area. Upon conclusion of his service at the MWRA, Thomas worked at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge and North Attleboro. After his retirement and move to the Cape, he was an active volunteer on the Town of Yarmouth Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Thomas identified first as an Engineer and, after his family, the Quabbin Reservoir was his great love. His life’s work was his proposed expansion of the Quabbin Reservoir as a regional solution to New England’s perennial water shortages. In addition to his work at the MWRA, he wrote three books on the subject: “Southern New England’s Future Thirst, A Central Lakes Solution”, “Southern New England’s Future Thirst, Strategic Plan-Paradigm Shift”, “Southern New England’s Future Thirst: The Second Drop”, and lectured in universities and civic organizations about the need to plan ahead and update the “100 Year Solution” for potable water across New England that the Quabbin offered Metro-Boston at the turn of the last century.
In 2008, in an article entitled “All Tomorrow’s Water” the Boston Globe profiled his work on the Quabbin that beautifully captures not only the scope of the problem that he sought to address but his joy in contemplating a problem that few others understood and evangelizing for his proposed solution. Even in his final days, he tried to convince hospital staff and caregivers, taking any conversational opportunity he could, to get them to think about the future of the water…
Read more:: Thomas S. Baron Obituary – Cape Cod Times