Bipeds of Brookland: Introducing the people who make Brookland their home, one step at a time.
This week: Tom Rooney
Tom Rooney was a professor of art at Catholic University for over 30 years. Tom came to DC to study art at CUA after serving in WWII. He met his wife Angela when she was studying at Catholic in the Drama Department. “The first time I saw her she had the lead in Antigone.”
They bought a house on 14th Street in the early 60s for $15,000. “My salary for the year, I had just started teaching at Catholic University, was $4,800 a year.” Tom created the sculptures that can be seen in front of his house. His art studio is in the carriage house behind his wooden home, built around 1900. “In 1900 you had horses. Cars were just coming in.…