Tom Long earned his PhD at GW after practicing law for twenty-nine years because he wanted to study and teach history. He taught military and naval history as well as the history of the U.S. Constitution and American history. He created, taught, and loved “The Normandy Class” - The Price of Freedom: Normandy 1944 - and the students who worked so hard in it. He served as faculty sponsor to the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta during its reestablishment on the GW campus. He acted as Undergraduate Advisor to History majors and minors and as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the History Department. He was the founding Academic Director of the Albert H. Small Normandy Institute. He received The George Washington University Award for 2017 and was invited to speak to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences commencement the same year.