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Obituary: Thomas E. Bitterwolf

by Linda Wang
June 22, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 25


Credit: University of Idaho
Thomas Bitterwolf

Thomas E. Bitterwolf, 72, died on Jan. 30 in Moscow, Idaho.

“About the time Tom was completing graduate school, he received an invitation he couldn’t refuse and elected to join the US Navy. He later taught at the Nuclear Power School and then the US Naval Academy. Tom created a one-man research program at the Naval Academy that helped land him in what proved to be his dream job as a professor at the University of Idaho. Over his more than 30 years at Idaho, Tom had the honor of teaching thousands of the finest students in the Northwest. His office walls are covered with wedding and birth announcements, graduation photos, and scores of pictures of his academic grandchildren.”—family of Thomas Bitterwolf

Most recent title: Chemistry professor, University of Idaho

Education: BS, chemistry, Centenary College of Louisiana, 1968; PhD, chemistry, West Virginia University, 1972

Survivors: Wife, Caroline; daughters, Katharine Bitterwolf-Hyde and Heidi

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Dietmar Kuck (October 18, 2019 6:54 AM)
In memoriam Tom Bitterwolf

Tom was a charming, outgoing and constructive colleague, whose scientific initiative came over to me in the late 1980. He was a wonderful host and I enjoyed the warm friendship in his family during my visits to the University of Idaho.

I feel deeply touched about his passing away and I wish his wife and daughters confidence and strength.

Dietmar Kuck
Bielefeld, Germany

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