Thomas Roller dies March 10, 1946, leaving the administration of the school solely in the hands of Charles Jr.
Thomas Jacob Roller (Colonel Tom) was described by one of his faculty members as “a very great teacher.” Major Herbert Jacob wrote that Tom Roller “inherited the love of languages from his father… He was a careful and painstaking instructor… exacting in every detail… All Colonel asked for was results. If (his teachers) produced, you heard nothing from him, but if you failed, you were called in for a session. He never held himself up for emulation, but he always gave you the experiences he had gained from his father (who) was a great teacher.”
Colonel Tom and his family lived at Beaumont, the beautiful white house built in 1912 next to the campus just south of the Clay Bowl.