Thomas M. Gorrie, PhD (Honorary Member)

Pennington, New Jersey

Tom Gorrie retired in 2008 from Johnson & Johnson as corporate vice president of government affairs and policy. In that capacity, he was responsible for all federal, state, and international government affairs and policy. He worked for the corporation for 35 years in a variety of roles in research and development, marketing and sales, business development, strategic planning, general management, international, venture capital, and health policy.

A strong advocate for Duke University, Tom has been a committed volunteer for more than 15 years.  In addition to serving on the Duke Medicine Board of Visitors, he is chair of the Duke University Health System Board of Directors. He serves as a trustee emeritus of the Hun School of Princeton's board of trustees, is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers Business School, and is a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2006, Tom chairs the medical center academic affairs committee. He is a member of the executive committee, the trusteeship committee, and the academic affairs committee, and he also serves as chair of the Global Health Institute Board of Advisors.  He is also on the Duke Kunshan University Board of Trustees.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from Princeton University. He completed post-doctoral studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He and his wife Meg live in Pennington, New Jersey, and have three children, the late Katherine Wright Gorrie, Thomas Alexander Gorrie, and Robert Gorrie.