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Sefton (Thomas W.) Personal Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Thomas W. Sefton Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10129
    Physical Description: 0.43 Cubic Feet 1 box, 10” x 5” x 15”.
    Date (inclusive): 1917-2006
    Abstract: Thomas W. Sefton was in the US Air Corps and President at the San Diego Bank and Trust.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials in this Collection were donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Biographical / Historical

    Thomas W. Sefton, born on October 8, 1917 in New York City New York city. Orphaned at a young age, he was adopted by Helen and Joseph W. Sefton. Thomas was then raised in the city of San Diego, California and resided in Point Loma suburbs. After graduating high school, Thomas started to accumulate flying hours at Speer Field with small planes. By 1938, Thomas started working at the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank where his father was President. He was a messenger until 1941 until he relocated at a near-by aviation plant. In 1942, Thomas left the aviation plant to join the U.S. Army Air Corps. He trained for many months across California and neighboring states until he was assigned to a carrier, which was sent to Italy, on assignment in the Mediterranean. He was honorably discharged in July 1946, having achieved the rank of Captain. When Thomas returned to San Diego, he resumed working at the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank as the President’s assistant. He then married to Donna Knox, daughter of then San Diego City Mayor Harley E. Knox on April 15, 1951. The couple had two children: Laurie Jo Sefton born on April 5, 1952 and Harley Knox Sefton born on November 17, 1953. Both children are still residents of San Diego. Thomas became President of the family operated bank after his father retired. During his time as bank president, he maintained a growth of 1.4 billion dollars in assets over 53 branches. He has been awarded with titles such as Mr. San Diego (1972), and Executive of the Year (1961). Since his death in 2006, his family still runs San Diego Trust and Savings.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of 1 box, 10” x 5” x 15”. In this collection, there are a variety of documents including personal memorabilia. Of note, there are documents to and from Thomas W. Sefton regarding his work in the US Air Corps and this job as a President at the San Diego Bank and Trust. There are approximately 15 folders regarding his work and personal life.

    Related Materials

    Secondary Sources: For more information on Thomas W. Sefton go to http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/v53-1/pdf/2007-1_sefton.pdf and http://articles.latimes.com/1990-02-23/business/fi-1133_1_san-diego-trust.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Diego Trust and Savings Bank
    San Diego (California)
    Smithsonian Institution, National Space and Air Museum
    United States. Army. Air Corps
    Sefton, Thomas W.