Ward, Thomas Carl

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Professor Emeritus, Dr. Thomas Carl Ward, born July 10, 1941 in Angier, NC and passed away peacefully on February 28, 2020 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Preceded in death by his father Thomas Marsh Ward, his mother Geraline Fuquay Young Ward, his sister-in-law Susan Hines Ward, his son in law Stuart Martin Jewell and his granddaughter Claudia Drake Jewell.

He is survived by his stepmother, Mary Thompson Ward, his wife Randall Armstrong Ward, his daughters Janice Ward Jewell, Cynthia Ward Hackney and Helen McLeod Ward, stepsons Michael Kelly Crump and Patrick Walton Crump, his brother Ronald Young Ward, his sister Mary Martha Ward, his stepbrother Neal Franklin Fowler, granddaughters Olivia Grace Jewell, Lily and Julia Sconyers, and Maxine Crump.

Thomas earned his Bachelor of science in engineering from North Carolina State University and his MS/PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Princeton University in 1963. He accepted a post-doctoral position at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland, and then worked at the University of Essex in Colchester until he accepted a faculty position at Virginia Tech in 1968 serving until he retired in 2006.

Among his numerous awards are the William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Tech in 1976, The National Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award from the American Chemical Society in 2004 and was a Thomas C. Patrick fellow in the National Adhesion Society. He actively served in several international professional technical societies, had 159 publications and four books. In October of 2018 alumni, colleagues and friends in conjunction with Das Family Foundation of the St. Louis Community Foundation established the Dr. Thomas C. Ward Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

In memory of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and a dedicated learner and teacher. Special thanks for the care of Warm Hearth at Home Caregivers and Carilion Hospice. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday March 18 at the Blacksburg Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Reverend Pam Philips Officiating. The family will receive guests after the service until 1:15 PM in the church gathering room.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice or online condolences to mccoyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

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