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Thomas Harry Stathopulos ’49

Published in Feb. 21, 1996, issue

Tom died Sept. 29, 1995, following a three-year bout with ALS, which he bore with grace. He had been selected to participate in a program for the new drug riluzole, but he didn't live long enough to receive it.

Tom was born in York, Penn., Apr. 26, 1924, graduated from McCaskey H.S. in Lancaster, joined the Navy, and served from 1942-46, primarily in the southwest Pacific theater with the rate of MARC. He transferred to Princeton from Stevens Institute of Technology, was a member of Prospect Club, the wrestling team, Student Christian Assn., and the World Federalists, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined the DeLaval Steam Turbine Co. in Trenton, and was its quality control superintendent. Tom was transferred to Monroe, N.C.; the company was bought by Transamerica Corp., and he became quality assurance manager of its IMO Pump division. In 1985 he retired moving to Ormond Beach, Fla. Tom was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, with particular involvement in Head Start and daycare programs for poor children.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 47 years, Janet; a daughter, Susan Hill; a son, Thomas H. Jr., two sisters, a brother, and five grandchildren. We extend to each of them our deep sympathy.

The Class of 1949

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