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Lawyer , association executive

Thomas Joseph Bergen, American lawyer, nursing home executive, association executive. Bar: Wisconsin 1937, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1972. Recipient Merit award Wisconsin Association Nursing Homes, 1962, Outstanding Leadership award National Geriatrics Society, 1976, Distinguished Service citation National Geriatrics Society, Inc., 1989.


Bergen, Thomas Joseph was born on February 7, 1913 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Thomas Joseph and Emma Marilla (Grelle) Bergen.


Student, University Wisconsin, 1932. Juris Doctor, Marquette University, 1937. Postgraduate, Marquette University, 1938.


Practice law, Milwaukee, from 1937; executive secretary, Wisconsin Association Nursing Homes, 1957-1971; legal counsel, executive director, American College Nursing Home Adminstrs., Milwaukee, 1967-1968; secretary, director, Bayside Nursing Home, Milwaukee, from 1967; president, director, N.W. Medical Centers, Inc., Milwaukee, from 1968; president, director, Northland Medical Centers, Inc., Milwaukee, from 1968. Treasurer, executive director National Geriatrics Society, Milwaukee, from 1971. President Sen.Joseph R. McCarthy Foundation, Inc., 1983, president of the board, from 1979.

Member program planning committee National Conference on Aging delegate to conference, 1974. Panel speaker National Justice Foundation Convention, 1974. Vice president Western Goals United Kingdom, London, from 1988.


  • Bar: Wisconsin 1937, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1972.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Silver Threads, Wisconsin Association Nursing Homes publication, 1963-1971, News Letter, American College Nursing Home Administrators, 1967-1968. Views and News, National Geriatrics Society, from 1971. Founder, editor Senator Joseph R. McCarthy Educational Society monthly newsletter, from 1987.

      Member editorial board Educational Gerontology, 1973-1985. Contributor articles to nursing home publications and professional journals.


Board directors, treasurer National Geriatrics Educational Society, from 1971. Board directors, president Wisconsin Justice Foundation, from 1971. Founder, president Senator Joseph R. McCarthy Educational Foundation, Inc., 1983.

Served with Army of the United States, 1943, 44. Member American Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association (president, executive director), Real Estate Professionals Association (president 1974), American Medical Writers Association, Western Goals United Kingdom (honorary vice president since 1988), Delta Theta Phi, Delta Sigma Rho.


Married Jean Loraine Bowler, May 29, 1941 (deceased August 1972). Children– Kathleen Bergen McElwee, Eileen Bergen Bednarz, Patricia Bergen Buss, Thomas Joseph, Patrick Joseph, John Joseph.

Thomas Joseph Bergen

Emma Marilla (Grelle) Bergen

Jean Loraine Bowler

Kathleen Bergen McElwee Bergen

John Joseph Bergen

Patrick Joseph Bergen

Eileen Bergen Bednarz Bergen

Thomas Joseph Bergen

Patricia Bergen Buss Bergen