Thomas Cole became an Eagle Scout in 1958, and has since earned the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award for his service to Scouting. Over the course of his life, he has never forgotten the importance of the Scout Law.
Dr. Thomas Cole, Jr. has served as the president of West Virginia State College, Clark Atlanta University and the Interdenominational Theological Center. He has earned five honorary doctorates and countless other honors.
Dr. Cole also volunteered in Scouting for many years, serving as a Scoutmaster in the Buckskin Council in West Virginia. He also served as the Buckskin Council’s Vice President.
Fifty-plus years after his time as a Scout, Dr. Cole still remembers being quizzed on the points of the Scout Law by his Scoutmaster. He recalls having to explain the various points with little to no warning. This exercise, he says, ensured that the Scout Law became a guiding principle of his life and career.