Tom Sherlock grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Dayton. After studying at the Goethe-Institut in Grafing bei München, Germany, he completed everything but the dissertation for a Ph.D., with a focus on intellectual history. He has lived in Colorado, principally in the Denver metro area, since 1978.
When the World Wide Web was announced to the public in 1994, Tom had already been using Colorado SuperNet since 1988 to access the pre-Web Internet for research and collaboration. From 1994 until 2012, Tom was a full-time project manager, website producer, and content developer, and consulted on Internet marketing strategy for many of his clients.
In 1994, Tom demonstrated the brand-new World Wide Web during the Colorado Lieutenant Governor's Telecommunications Conference. He founded and managed the Mesa County Community Network, and was a charter member of the Mesa County Economic Development Council’s Information Technology Task Force prior to moving back to Denver in 2000.
Tom collaborated on website design and Internet marketing strategy with a Colorado county health department during a period of about eight years, and during the 1990s, he gave more than a dozen C.M.E. workshops for physicians and nurses on the Web as a clinical tool.
He has collaborated with the University of Colorado’s Department of Family Medicine as well as with individual physicians and group practices in Colorado, California, New York, and Pennsylvania. During the twenty-first century, his Internet-related work has focused principally on online marketing and social media strategy. He consulted with the Colorado Democratic Party in 2000–2004.
Since 2009, Tom has been using his Twitter account—@ColoradoHealth, which now has more than 2,550 followers—to discuss and report news about healthcare in Colorado and nationwide.
For several years, Tom has been writing a comprehensive, five-volume reference work called Colorado’s Healthcare Heritage—A Chronology of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Volume One: 1800-1899 was published in April 2013. The manuscript for Volume Two: 1900-1929 is nearing completion, but that work on that one is currently on hiatus while Tom focuses on research and writing for two new books:
Women’s Contributions to Healthcare in Colorado: The First Fifty Years—1873–1922.
The Students and Faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine: The First Fifty Years—1883–1932.