Thomas "Tom" J.D. Shepherd Dies

Longtime partner for The Recording Academy's accounting firm dies at 87
May 30, 2014 -- 11:44 am PDT

Thomas "Tom" J.D. Shepherd, a retired partner at Deloitte, the official accounting firm of The Recording Academy, died May 2. A cause of death was not disclosed. He was 87. Born in England, Shepherd served in the Royal Air Force and later became a chartered accountant before moving to the United States with his family in 1959. After relocating, he began his career at Deloitte, which tabulates final votes for the annual GRAMMY Awards. Given his involvement with The Academy and as a member of the American Federation of Radio and Television Arts, Shepherd had the opportunity to present the sealed envelopes containing the names of the winners on the GRAMMY telecast. Shepherd retired from Deloitte in 1985. In 1998 he was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 

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