Tom & Pat Madison
This panel portrays Tom and Pat Madison, with their two sons and daughter walking behind them, in a serene natural setting.
Tom Madison is a retired president of USWC markets for US West and a former Minnesota regional vice president of Northwestern Bell. He now is president and chief executive officer of MLM Partners, a Minneapolis consulting firm. He has been a member of the St. Thomas board of trustees since 1982.
Tom is in the foreground, parting the tall grass. The symbols of communication and success are subtly depicted in this gesture as he creates a path for others without having to break his way or disturb the existing elements.
Pat is holding a tiny purplish flower of the group Veronica, which is a symbol of hope. The Madisons' love of nature and walking in the woods is a major part of the panel. The backgrounds telephone poles and lines refer to Tom Madison's career.