Chief Swimming Rock Has Passed Away

December 23rd, 2014

Roger Thom, the legendary personification of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, quietly passed away at 11:30 p.m on. Monday, December 22, 2014 at a local hospital, with Chief Little Pack Rock by his side.  He was 79. Details are still incomplete regarding the cause of death, but the aging Chief had been hospitalized briefly and had returned home just recently.

Known to the present generation of Tribesmen as Chief Swimming Rock, a position he held for twenty years and to the preceding generation as Directing Medicine Man Swimming Rock, a post he occupied for thirty years, his half-century of service in these positions made him known to virtually every Tribesman. The present Mic-O-Say lodge is named in his honor.

Born October 8, 1935, Roger Thom was a member of St. Joseph Troop 4, and became a Brave during the first camping session of 1949. He was an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He advanced through every rank and paint station, except Tom-Tom Beater, becoming a Sachem at the age of 20 during the 5th session of 1956 and a Medicine Man 3rd session of 1958.

Swimming Rock’s indelible stamp upon Mic-O-Say, as well as his unique ceremonial style, is still observed today in virtually every aspect of our ceremonials.

Additional information regarding the late Chief will be published as it becomes available.