MR. TOM BRANIGAN by Sherrie Basch Stelik (’72)Mr. Branigan was born in Seattle and attended Preparatory High where he was inducted into their football Hall of Fame in 2004. He attended Washington State University on a football scholarship where he received a degree in Physical Education. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed in the Philippines during WWII. Before shipping out, he married Annabel, his high school sweetheart. After his tour of duty, he taught in Oregon and Washington before landing at MHS in 1956 where he remained until his retirement in 1987. For over thirty years he taught various sports, including football and wrestling. As our State Requirements and Drivers’ Education teacher, he taught many of us how to drive. Mr. Branigan was active in the Catholic Church and served as a Eucharist minister. He was also a volunteer for All Life Charities. He passed away on November 2, 2009 in Torrance. Services were held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach. He is survived by his wife, Anabel their many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.