#5 Tom Daly
Tom Daly graduated from Dowling College in 1971 and is now
both the Dean of Student Affairs and Dean of Aviation at his
alma mater. He received his MPS from C.W. Post in 1978. Tom
currently serves as a member of the advisory councils for the
Cradle of Aviation Museum, Western Suffolk BOCES Aviation Program,
and the Islip-MacArthur Airport.
Tom retired from his 33-year career as a police patrol and rescue
pilot in 2006. He was a first responder during 9/11 and his other
career efforts earned two Congressional Awards, an FAA award for
heroism, the Aviation and Space Writers Award for Heroism, and
numerous other awards for police-related activities.
In 2013, Tom was promoted to 9th degree Black Belt in the Chinese
Goju Association at his martial arts school. His school, located in
Malverne, NY, just celebrated 40 years in business.
Also a racing enthusiast, he now holds five land speed records
on three different motorcycles. Tom set a record at Bonneville
Salt Flats, Utah on his turbo charged 750 Harley with an average
speed of 126.217 MPH. He also set a record in Loring, ME on his
Buell with a speed of 137.547 MPH. Tom Daly currently resides on
Long Island with his wife and four children.