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William Thomas Thach Jr.


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William Thomas Thach Jr. Obituary
Thach, Jr., William Thomas 77, died Tuesday, July 1st, 2014. A memorial sing-along with Taum Sauk and sharing stories will be held at his house, 7520 Clayton Rd, on Saturday, July 5th 6-8 pm. For those unable to attend, a second memorial service will be held on August 2nd, again at his home, with an outdoor excursion the following day. Tom was born in Oklahoma City, OK on January 3, 1937 to Mary Elizabeth Edwards and William Thomas Thach, the oldest of four children. He graduated from Cassidy School, Princeton University as an undergraduate, and Harvard University School of Medicine. Tom married Emily Otis on June 12, 1963 and they had three children. They divorced in 1980. Tom was a pioneering researcher on the function of the cerebellum, a part of the brain responsible for coordination of movement. He was recognized internationally for his scientific contributions. He was a beloved mentor and friend to many neuroscience post-docs. He and his brothers all worked at Washington University. Tom loved hiking, camping, canoeing, hunting, reading literature and poetry, hosting feasts of wild game, and playing music with family, friends, and post-docs in his band Taum Sauk. He is survived by three siblings, Bob (Sigrid) Thach, Brad (Barb) Thach, both of St. Louis, and Maychai (Grant) Brown of Montreal, Quebec; three children, Sarah (Dizy) Thach of Asheville NC, Will Thach, and Scott Thach both of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren, Otis, Miles and Rustin Walton-Thach of Asheville NC. He was a cherished uncle of Katy Thach, Ed Thach, Chris (Tracy) Thach, Liz (Tom) Miles, Mary (Alex) Chin, Susanna Thach, Annie (Mat) Wood, and Rob (Lili) Brown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to: The Peter Halstead Hudgens Award, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 1247, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 4, 2014
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