Thomas T. Shawe - LEWISBURG, PA - Thomas T. Shawe, 53 residing in Lewisburg, PA passed away on July 10, 2013 at his home after a long illness. Born in Savannah, GA on February 1, 1960 he was the son of the late Arthur T. and Julia C. (McDonough) Shawe. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Mohr, a brother and sister in law, Mark and Ellen Shawe of Savannah, GA, a sister and brother in law Anne Therese Shawe-Mendelow and Donald Mendelow of Dallas, TX, and a nephew Michael S. Mendelow of Dallas, TX. Tom earned a B.S.and a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia, his Ph.D. from Emory University, and did postdoctoral work at Colorado State University. He was an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and had worked as a Program Officer for the National Science Foundation, Division of Chemistry. Tom was a talented and insightful organic chemist who was a highly effective instructor, and he continued to teach, lecture and conduct lab courses even during his recent illness. Tom received numerous research grants, including prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Tom's research involved new methods for synthesizing compounds with valuable medicinal properties. He was highly valued by his departmental colleagues for his deep knowledge of chemistry, his intellectual creativity, and his willingness to defend rigor and depth in the chemistry curriculum. Outside of chemistry, Tom was an ardent fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, and a historian and scholar of the civil war. He also loved the history and importance of US railways. In his honor, his family will donate a plaque that describes the history and importance of the railroads to Union County, PA when the Buffalo Valley Rails to Trail is extended into Lewisburg. An avid outdoorsman, Tom enjoyed hiking, cycling and white water canoeing. Remembrances: Benedictine Military School at 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah GA 31406 or to The Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority for the Buffalo Valley Rails to Trails Project (BVRT) at 220 Brookpark Circle, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Arrangements are under the care of the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St. Milton, PA Savannah Morning News July 14, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
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Published in Savannah Morning News from July 13 to July 14, 2013