Thomas Dever is the District Commodore (DCO) for the District 5 Northern Region which consists of almost two thousand members in Delaware and most of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As the US Coast Guard Auxiliary District Commodore, COMO Dever (rhymes with never) leads his district and achieves linkage with the Fifth Coast Guard District Commander, Rear Admiral Keith Smith and his staff in Portsmouth, VA. The Commodore links to the District Commander through coordination with the Director of Auxiliary, LCDR Victoria Taylor. He works closely with the Director and her staff who are located at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA. The DCO reports to and represents the Auxiliary to the District Commander.
Tom joined the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2005 with his son Jimmy when they became interested in serving after attending a Boating Skills & Seamanship course. Tom is a member of Flotilla 04-09 in West Chester, Pennsylvania where he served as the Flotilla’s Vice Commander and then Commander. He went on to become the Southeast Pennsylvania Division 4 Division Vice Commander and Commander, the District Captain for the Central Area and the District Chief of Staff. Tom holds US Coast Guard Auxiliary Coxswain, Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP), Vessel Examiner and Public Education Instructor qualifications. Tom’s personal awards include two Auxiliary Achievement Medals, a Coast Guard Unit Commendation, and a Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon. He has earned several annual service performance awards and multiple team and unit awards. Tom has been very active on patrols and training for search and rescue on the Delaware River and Bay, the Chesapeake Bay and at the Jersey Shore. As Commodore, Tom looks forward to visiting units and accompanying them on their patrols throughout the district.
Tom had a boat based in Somers Point, NJ for several years. He has also enjoyed serving as part of a crew which took large boats to and from Florida many times.
Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 and is a Registered Architect with registrations in 18 states. He is the President of Dever Architects, a firm he founded in 1985 after working in Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia for other architectural firms. The award-winning Glen Mills, PA firm has a staff of twelve and is best known for its hotel, adaptive reuse, retail, supermarket and residential projects throughout the East Coast and in Greece. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a Fellow in the Society of American Registered Architects.
Tom lives with his wife Laurie in Thornton, Pennsylvania in a house they designed and built themselves and in Ocean City, NJ where they first met. They have a Carolina dog named Lyric and three great adult children with whom they remain very close – Katie who lives in Charleston, SC, Jimmy who lives with his wife Sarah in West Chester, PA and Jackie who lives with her husband Josh on the Upper West Side in New York City.