Thomas Emil Widmer was born November 19, 1933 in Louisville, KY where he grew up before moving to Kirkwood, MO. He graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1951. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technical Institute and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in mechanical engineering. Tom met Mary Wooding Dorey in Washington, DC where they later married in 1961. Tom worked as an engineer for over thirty years at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. He was an avid golfer, and also designed and built custom golf clubs.
Tom and Mary have been living in the same house in St. Louis since 1965. They have many friends in the area, and have enjoyed golf, bridge and other activities over the years. After the kids were grown, Tom and Mary became members of Friendship Force International, a club that introduced them to people from many countries and cultures around the world, some of which developed into lasting friendships.
In his last years, Tom’s physical health declined and he suffered from memory and cognitive issues. Through it all he did everything he could to keep traveling and stay involved in life. He and Mary became even closer in these last years, especially as she became his primary caregiver.
Tom passed away peacefully on August 6, 2017 in St. Louis. His immediate family, including his wife Mary, and children (and children in-law) Amy (Theo), Keith and Lory (Lisa), were present with him during his last days.
The memorial service is Saturday, August 12 at 1:00 pm at Eliot Unitarian Chapel, 100 S Taylor Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122.