Thomas Scott Barrows

Thomas Scott Barrows, 81, of Princeton, NJ and Nantucket, MA passed away at home on Sunday, February 25, 2018.


Thomas was born in 1936 in Bryn Mawr, PA to Donald Barrows and Anna Newbold Barrows. Raised in Edgemont, PA, he graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1954 and Harvard University in 1959 with an A.B. in Psychology and Social Relations. He pursued a graduate degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1961, Thomas married Abigail Spencer Liggett. They moved to Princeton, NJ in 1965 where they raised two daughters, Katie Barrows Dadagian and Anna Barrows Beakey.


Thomas started his career as a teacher at the Vanguard School in Pennsylvania. In 1965 he started working for Educational Testing Service where he served as a research psychologist for over 25 years. Thomas was a founding trustee of Princeton Child Development Institute. He was actively involved in land use planning and local government, serving on the Zoning Board, Planning Board, Finance Committee, Town Council and as Mayor In Franklin Township. He sat on the Board of First Florida Bank.


Thomas spent summers in Nantucket, MA where he was happiest on the water. His life-long passions included fly-fishing, sailing, music, cars, his family and active debate.


Thomas is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Abigail Spencer Liggett Barrows, two daughters and sons-in-law, Anna and James Beakey and Katie and Steve Dadagian, four grandchildren, Spencer and Nicholas Beakey and Max and Theo Dadagian, his sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Vagn Worm, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lulie and Gordon Gund and, two half-brothers and their wives Mercer and Joy Barrows and Donald and Mary Barrows, and many nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be held on Nantucket this summer.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Nantucket Conservation Foundation at or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at