Thomas Michael Mikula

September 26, 1926March 24, 2014

Thomas Mikula, of Williamsburg, passed away on March 24, 2014 at the age of 87.

He was a 1948 graduate of the College of William and Mary and was a member of William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the William and Mary Football Club.

Thomas was the Headmaster with Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH. He previously was a teacher at Phillips Andover Academy and a Director of the Project ABC Public School Program. Thomas and his wife, Elva, retired to Williamsburg in 1988. After Thomas’s accomplishing career in Education, he started the Elva Waltrip Mikula Nursing Scholarship and HEYFARL Scholarship Aid Program for William and Mary Football. Thomas was also a William and Mary Alumni Medallion Award recipient in 2001.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elva Waltrip Mikula.

Thomas is survived by his son, Edward Mikula; Daughter, Anna Mikula Pawlewicz and her husband, Richard Pawlewicz; grandchildren, Jessica and Thomas Mikula, Karl and Michaela Pawlewicz, and Hannah Pawlewicz Viera; and 2 great-grandchildren, Abel and Xavier Viera.

A memorial service will be held at the William and Mary Alumni House, 500 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185 on Saturday, April 12, at 10AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William and Mary Foundation for the Thomas M. and Elva W. Mikula Endowment, P.O. Box 399, Williamsburg, VA 23187. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Jon Peirce

July 20, 2014

Thomas Mikula was an outstanding math teacher at Andover, with a wry sense of humor that it took about six months to get used to. I sat next to him at our senior dinner and he was delighted when I offered him a cigar. The classroom lost an outstanding performer when he went into administration, but I'm sure he was an excellent headmaster, as well.

Thomas Eissenberg

April 10, 2014

One piece of wisdom from my Uncle Tom I have never forgotten: "Today's 'Walden' is the Library."

Brian Dunbar

April 5, 2014

My father and Mr. Mikula were classmates, teammates and friends at William and Mary. I got to know Tom thru annual visits to Williamsburg with my father for football games. Each year, we would meet Tom, enjoy a meal together, and attend a game. Tom was a true gentleman, and one of the most interesting men I have known. He truly knew something about everything. I will never forget, after my father lost his W&M class ring, Tom called me aside at lunch one day when my father was not around, slipped something in my hand, and asked that I make sure my mother gave it to my dad. It was Tom's class ring...same year, same stone, same fraternity, etc. Just one example of his kindness. We are all blessed to have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Mikula.

April 3, 2014

We first met Tom in the early days of Stonehouse Pres. church. Ralph was in a long-running discussion group with him. Happy volunteered with him at Burnt Ordinary, where he was generous and helpful. In many ways we felt of him as friends. We miss him. We send to you our hopes for comfort and peace. Tom had a long and purposeful life.
Ralph & Happy Simmons

Matt Hipple

April 1, 2014

Sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Mikula. He was a very nice and kind man. Years ago I worked with my brother doing work at his home and enjoyed both he and his wife. They will be missed by those that knew them. My prayers for the family in their time of need.

Jeff Cutts

March 31, 2014

A wonderful man who I had the pleasure of working for at KUA while a student at Dartmouth and then after graduating. Tom gave me some advice when I was a young teacher and coach at Kimball Union that lives on my personal top 10 list when he encouraged me to leave the environment of Merdien NH and try something new and different ... something that might make me uncomfortable initially but would ultimately expand my horizons. He actually put it a bit more directly "It's time you left KUA."

I am honored to have known Tom.

My consolences to Anna, Eddie and your families.

Anna Wolterbeek

March 31, 2014

Mr. Mikula was headmaster while I attended KUA those two last years of secondary school, it was the first year they allowed boarding girls at KUA. His daughter coached our field hockey and if I am not mistaken, she also coached our Lacrosse team. I remember that Mrs Mikula and, when he could even Mr. Mikula, would attend some of our home games.
I kept in contact with them alas only briefly after they left KUA, and I shall always remember them as kind people. At KUA, I regularly joined Mrs. Mikula in the sunny conservatory while she was tending her plants, it was one of our common interests.

March 31, 2014

We worked with and for Tom during his entire tenure at Kimball Union Academy.He was a tireless worker as well as a visionary.The school will forever be indebted to him for his innovations as well as for his genuine compassion for others.He truly affected the lives of thousands.He taught by example,serving as both a mathematics instructor as well as an administrator.He had a genuine love for the institution and earned the respect of all. Joan and Steve Bishop

Cartina Walker

March 31, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Mikula,several years ago. He was an inspiring man.

Teondra Tyler

March 29, 2014

I thank god for such a wonderful man as Mr. Mikula. I am grateful for all the work and kind things he has done throughout his life . He changed my life and provided me with a chance to change the lives of others through nursing. God bless.