Thomas J. Enright

August 15, 1947January 27, 2019

San Diego, CA – Thomas Jones Enright, 71, died Sunday, January 27th at home in San Diego after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born in Concord, New Hampshire as was his wife, Elizabeth Enos.

Thomas J. Enright received a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1973 from the University of Washington. From 1973 to 1975 he was the Hedrick Assistant Professor at UCLA. He spent the 1976-1977 year at the Institute for Advanced Study. He moved to Solana Beach in 1977 joining the Department of Mathematics at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Enright was awarded the 1978 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship allowing him to visit universities across the globe sharing his research findings in algebraic theory of representations of real reductive Lie groups. In 2010 he retired due to symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

In addition to his brilliance and dedication in mathematics he was also passionate about woodworking, cycling, skiing, fly-fishing, camping and backpacking with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Enos) Enright; son, James Enright and sister, Jane Oswitt.

A viewing will be held at Bennett Funeral Home in Concord, NH Friday, February 8th at 10 AM. Burial will be in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, NH.



  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019


  • Burial

Thomas J. Enright

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Raymond Fournier

February 7, 2019

I am saddened to hear of Tom's passing and wish to express my condolences to the family.
We shared a home room or two at CHS as well as some classes and even though it was a long time ago, I have always remembered Tom as a kind and caring individual.

Ray Fournier

Lane Lacoy

February 3, 2019

So saddened to hear of Tom's passing....remember him well from CHS and from gatherings at his parents' sincere condolences to Betty, Jane and family for their loss.

Mary Knee

February 2, 2019

Dear Elizabeth and family please accept my sincere condolences for your recent loss of Tom. I was very saddened to see that he had passed and from such a devastating disease. I had French Class at CHS with Tom. I remember what a nice gentle guy he was. So smart and a leader of our class. I will keep you all in my prayers.
God Bless and embrace you with His healing light and love.
In Sympathy,
Mary Knee
Class of 65

William Carter, Jr

February 1, 2019

Tom Enright entered my life before I can recall since it was at a very early age. As the story goes, while visiting my grandmother at 78 Pillsbury St. in Concord, NH, Tom would arrive to visit his future wife, Elizabeth on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. To keep me entertained and from becoming to much of a nuisance he would place me on the seat and let me pretend to be riding in the wind.
A number of years later, Tom would become my uncle and as I would discover not just a highly acclaimed math professor but also a skilled furniture maker. He would eventually settle down in San Diego, CA where their son James would be born and raised, Tom teaching at UC San Diego. He would continue his career as mathematics professor, theorist, lecturer, and writer until the devastating effects of an incurable disease would eventually cause his early departure. Tom Enright will be dearly missed by me but will remain a positive influence and inspiration for the remainder of my time here. The path of which Tom walked is that of the true and noble as highlighted in God's word the Holy Bible:
Isaiah 57:2
"Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death."