War orphan becomes judge in rural Kansas

Ron Wilson

By A Contributor

Imagine … you are a war orphan in South Korea in 1952. Your world is one of hunger, desperation and fear. The priority in your life each day is simply to survive. As grim as that sounds, it was the tragic reality for those young people. But this grim story has a happy ending, as this young orphan would ultimately come to America and build a successful life in rural Kansas.

Tommy Webb has lived this remarkable life. He was the orphan living on the streets in 1952, who was ultimately adopted at the age of six and brought to southwest Kansas. Tommy went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe and a master of science degree in clinical family therapy from Friends University in Wichita. From 1970 to 1974, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Judy in 1971 and has two children.

In 1988, Tom Webb was elected a District Magistrate Judge in southwest Kansas. He has been re-elected in every election since. Today, he speaks eloquently about his personal story of making a positive difference in a negative world and the importance of valuing ourselves and others.

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