Student Roxbury (Massachusetts) Latin School, Roxbury, 1897-1899. Diploma in horticulture, Connecticut Agricultural College, 1906. Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Cornell, 1908.
Student landscape architecture in Europe, 1913.
Draftsman, superintendent construction, designer, office chief, Townsend & Fleming, landscape architects, Buffalo, New York, 1908-1913. Independent practice landscape architect, Hartford, Connecticut, 1913-1918. District, town planner, United States Housing Corporation, Washington, 1918.
Private practice, Simsbury, Connecticut, 1919-1928.
President, treasurer, Thomas H. Desmond, Incorporated., Simsbury, Connecticut, since 1928. Inspector Corpus Christi College State Park Development in New England and assistant regional officer, regional 1, National Park Service, 1934-1937.
Superintendent landscape construction Pentagon Building, United States War Department, Washington, 1942-1943. Planning consultant Connecticut State Park and Forest Commission since 1943.
Superintendent Connecticut State Parks 1948-1949.
President Town and City Planning, New Haven, Connecticut Secretary Simsbury Development Company Important works: Willow Brook Park, New Britain, Connecticut, estates F. B. Rentschler, Georgia J. Mead, et cetera, United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, U. Connecticut campus. Developed plans for Westminster School, Taft School, Connecticut.
Masonic Home, et cetera; Member President Hoover’s conference on small home building and ownership (collaborator report on Home Grounds planning), 1932. Fellow American Society Landscape Architects (vice president 1942-1949. Member American Arbitration Association (member of national panel arbitrators since 1941.
Mason (grand master, grand lodge of Connecticut, 1939-1940, board of managers Masonic Charity Foundation Connecticut, since 1939), co-founder, Philosophic Lodge of Research, 1941.
Married Olive Antoinette Eddy, June 1, 1910. Children: John East., Thomas C., Robert C., Philip Doctorate., Elizabeth (Mistress Dana A. Keil), MacChesney, James M., Sylvia East. (Mistress Austin M. Sheldon).