Dr. Tom Truhe moved to Palm Springs in 2000 from New York City and quickly became active in community activities and volunteering. After co-producing the first “One Night Only” with Michael Childers in 2002 – as a benefit for D.A.P. – he has been involved with the event every year since. Tom was a board member of the American Cancer Society of the Desert from 2006-2009 and the Opera Showcase of the Desert from 2007-2010. In 2015, he began his tenth year on the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater Council Board, where he has served as its chair since 2008. In addition, he serves the Palm Springs Art Museum as a trustee and member of its Development Committee.
As a retired dental surgeon, Tom received a BS in Biology/Chemistry from the University of South Dakota and his DDS from Creighton University in Omaha before entering the U.S. Army where he served for eight years with an emphasis on oral surgery, rising to the rank of Major. Following this service, Tom entered briefly into private dental practice in Glen Burnie, MD. In 1996, he was named as the Director of the National Center for Dental Information for a term of 10 years, writing and lecturing extensively on new dental technologies to dentists and hygienists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Tom has also served on many dental-related boards and as a consultant to dental-oriented companies from 1996-2005.