Thomas Gregory Schmalz passed away at his summer home in Bozeman, Montana.
Thomas was born July 12, 1948, in Springfield, IL, the son of Guenter G. and Margaret G. Schmalz. His father was a professor at Montana State University, and his mother was a teacher in the Bozeman Public schools.
Growing up in Bozeman, Thomas enjoyed conducting experiments with his toy chemistry set, and he went on to obtain a degree in Chemistry from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois.
After serving in the U.S. Army and completing a post-doc at the University of Chicago, he accepted a two-year position at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he conducted research on a project which later resulted in the award of the Nobel Prize for his mentor and life-long friend. Thomas continued his own research as a professor at Texas A&M University in Galveston until his death, although he had retired to part-time teaching to achieve his life-long goals of enjoying summers in Bozeman and winters in Galveston and of visiting all 50 states.
Thomas was always somewhat of a loner, but he had a passion for playing bridge, and he greatly enjoyed traveling to tournaments around the country with his bridge partners.
He is survived by his brother, David, and David's spouse, Hazel.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 27, 2016