Tom Zink (LW '64) Memoir is Released

Staff Reports | Friday, June 9, 2017
Tom Zink, LHSW class of 1964, has written a memoir about his older brother Steve, who was a junior at LHSW when he died in 1961. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the Stephen A. Zink scholarship fund at Lutheran West. The book, Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace, is now published and available. To find out more about the book, including how to order copies or to get in touch with Tom, go to Here is a synopsis of the book: 

Tom Zink was born in a blizzard in 1947, a child of winter. Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace is the story of Tom’s unwitting grief journey of five decades, that begins when his older brother Steve is hit by a car and killed while on the paper route the two boys shared. It’s the story of a con­servative German Lutheran family, and the ways the parents and surviving children protect each other in loss, with a silent acceptance that does not serve them in the long run. Tom buries his grief along with his brother, so he can carry on with his life. His career after high school takes him around the world, across the country, and back again.

It is only after Tom is married and a father of two teenaged sons that, in a moment of profound grace, he realizes the depth and importance of his loss. His faith and new-found desire, as an adult, to process Steve’s death takes Tom full circle, back to his brother’s grave. But this is not merely a story of grief and recovery; it is also a poignant and, at times, humorous look at laughter and lightheartedness, winning and losing, and doubt and faith.

Amy Ford

Nursing Major at Malone University; Salutatorian - Class of 2012.

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