In Memoriam

San Francisco Rock Photographer
Thomas E. Erikson ’83

June 26th, 2023
Thomas E. Erikson ’83

Thomas E. Erikson ’83, of Orono, Me., formerly of San Francisco; Dec. 13, after a long struggle with multiple sclerosis. He moved to San Francisco after graduation and, with his camera in tow, became a fixture in the local music and arts scene. He was a rock photographer who produced and curated the concert series San Francisco Song Cycle featuring local musicians. He was known for his eclectic mixed tapes, art collages, and Scrabble prowess. His interview and photography subjects included President Jimmy Carter, Pete Seeger, John Cage, Patti Smith, Doc Watson, Iggy Pop, Ray Davies, John Cale, Brian Eno, and Richard Thompson. On March 12, a memorial Song Cycle was held in his honor. He passed away listening to a song recorded by his longtime partner, singer/songwriter Monica Pasqual. His brother John ’80 writes: “Tom’s favorite adventurewas meeting, talking with, and photographing musicians he admired. His charm and wit generally got him backstage  and into deep conversations with accomplished artists. As we say here in Maine, he was wickid smaaht. Promoting his own work, though, was never his focus so his astounding archive of rockin’ rolls of film still hold delights yet to be savored by music enthusiasts everywhere.” In addition to a wide circle of friends, he is survived by a sister; brothers David ’76 and John ’80; and several nieces and nephews.

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