Thomas "Tom" Michael Grace
October 3, 1938 - February 3, 2021
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Tom Grace, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather died peacefully on February 3, 2021.  Tom was born on October 3, 1938 in Beaver Dam, WI, the son of Roland and Sophie Grace. Tom graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in chemical engineering.  He earned his PhD at the University of Minnesota. …

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Bob Leschke left a message on February 19, 2021:
So sorry for your loss Mara and Mrs Grace.
Ginny Lennon left a message on February 17, 2021:
Mary and girls: What a sad day. I have such happy memories of times we spent together. I remember all the Thanksgivings we shared. Do you remember going to see the Christmas windows at Marshall fields? I remember your dad loved to solve and write puzzles. I brought a book of puzzles for him for his birthday party. He sat right down and started solving the puzzles . Forget about the party. I, by the way, would have done the same thing. Love to all of you from Wheaton Ginny Lennon
Chris Verrill left a message on February 13, 2021:
I have known Tom Grace since 1985 and have been struggling to find some words to convey how significant his influence has been on my career. As a professor, he offered real world perspective and as an advisor gave tough but constructive criticism. From Tom I learned to expect that a career in engineering was going to be constantly challenging but that hard work would indeed pay off. He had vision and demanded excellence, but he was also a compassionate person with a great sense of humor. I am proud to be among the group of his “Institute” students and offer my condolences to his family, friends and fellow followers.
Debbie (Mencheski) Phipps left a message on February 12, 2021:
Dear Mara and Family, Friends, and Relatives of Tom, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the recent loss of your beloved father, Tom. I remember you sharing details of your Dad's career, Mara, when we roomed together at SNC in Townhouse 1 our senior year of college, and I vividly recall the admiration, respect and affection conveyed in your voice and expression when you spoke of him> I am certain your Dad was well aware of your devotion toward him! :) Though I have no words which are adequate for healing your broken hearts, take comfort in the wonderful memories you have and know that Dad will continue to be with you in times of happiness and joy and will be a guiding and comforting presence in times of sadness or struggles. Blessings to your entire family for peaceful hearts -- take care, my friend. Debbie (Mencheski) Phipps SNC Townhouse 1 Roommate Class of '91
Michael Lykins left a message on February 9, 2021:
Tom provided much technical assistance and help to engineers succeed in their own careers that he will be missed for such knowledge and insight. However, his true legacy is his family and their love for him. May his family find comfort in knowing that God is on the throne and reuniting in heaven through faith in His son, Jesus Christ.
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Esa Vakkilainen left a message on February 9, 2021:
One of the great scientists and someone that I had an occasional privilege to walk with. You inspired the next generation but few can attain your enthusiasm and general knowledge. Great to have known you and condolences to his family.
Rick Marion left a message on February 8, 2021:
Tom was a dedicate and valued member of the MacDowell Male Chorus for 46 years. He epitomized the values of the men who love to sing and entertain our audiences. Always smiling, always welcoming to new members, and always supportive of his brothers in song, Tom was a pleasure be with both on and off stage. His contributions were many and he will be missed. To Tom's family - thank you for allowing him to be such an important part of our family!
Andy Irvine left a message on February 8, 2021:
Tom displayed a brilliant and curious mind. He also shared his wonderful singing voice with many, and served MacDowell Male Chorus as servant leader and lifetime member. We miss him dearly. Godspeed, Tom.
Honghi Tran left a message on February 7, 2021:
Professor Grace was a faculty member at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, WI (which later became IPST at Georgia Tech and now the Renewable Bioproducts Institute in Atlanta) for 22 years. He formed T.M. Grace Company in 1988 to provide consulting on recovery boilers and chemical recovery, and had a long involvement with BLRBAC and the AF&PA Recovery Boiler Committee, investigating recovery boiler explosions and issues related to boiler safety. Tom served as an instructor of the Kraft Recovery Course 26 times from the very beginning in 1986 till his retirement in 2012. He was program chair of the 1985 International Chemical Recovery Conference (ICRC) in New Orleans, and program chair of the 1989 ICRC in Ottawa. Tom was recognized internationally for his enormous impact in research, teaching and practical application of recovery boiler technology. He has authored or co-authored many papers, reports and book chapters dealing with chemical recovery including three chapters in the new “Kraft Recovery Boilers – 3rd ed”. He was a pioneer who had taught many of us, either directly or through his many publications. Tom was a TAPPI Fellow and the recipient of the 2001 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal. He was inducted to the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2003. As an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto from 1998 to 2013, Tom helped us greatly with our research consortium activities, assisting students/researchers with making their research results more practical and meaningful to the industry. I personally learned so much from Tom. He will be dearly missed.
Andrew Kevin Jones left a message on February 6, 2021:
Dr. Grace will be greatly missed. As my PhD supervisor he gave me a wonderful starting point for what has been a satisfying and fruitful career and I am only one of many many student he set on their way...
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