The Philosopher’s Corner


This month's philosopher: Thomas G. Kupp, WG’85; BSE ‘80

To learn more about Tom, click here.

Column Editor: Z. Colette Edwards, WG’84, MD’85
To learn more about Colette, click here.


Life Lessons:

  • If I knew then what I know now, I would have: ... been less risk averse.
  • If I knew then what I know now, I would not have: ...ignored my instincts when I did. 

Favorite Quotes:

  1. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~ Wayne Gretzky
  2. Never, never, never give up. ~ Winston Churchill
  3. I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.  ~ Wayne Gretzky
  4. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.  ~ Philo
  5. If you can dream it, you can do it.  ~ Walt Disney

Recommended Reading:

  • Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • John Grisham - anything!
  • Two early reads that had a lasting impact:
    • The Man by Irving Wallace
    • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


Contact Tom at:
Senior Vice Dean, Finance and Administration
Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University
[email protected] or [email protected]