A memorial mass for Thomas James Birney will be held Thursday, May 16, at 3 pm in St. Catherine's Church, Blauvelt. Tom died October 29, 2001 in Cary, NC after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Until his retirement in 1993 Tom was a resident of Suffern, NY and a foreign language supervisor in the South Orangetown Central School District. During his career in Rockland County, Tom taught foreign languages at Tappan Zee High School and was on the adjunct faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas College teaching German at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Family and friends invite those who knew Tom to join them on May 16th.