Thomas W. DePaepe is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree with majors in Physics and Mathematics from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He went on to do graduate studies in Physics at Northwestern University. He left school in 1965 to work as a research and product development scientist in consumer electronics. After 5 years in the technical field he went on to start his own small business in the suburbs of Chicago. Then he found a business opportunity in Colorado, which he owned and operated from 1976 until 1990. A serious physical injury forced him to sell that business. And after two years of rehabilitation he found a new career in technical sales. He retired comfortably from that career in 2008.
In the summer of 1950 a close friend of Tom's enlisted in the Marines and went into the Korean War. From then on he has had an avid interest in American politics and international affairs.