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WARREN K. TICE - ESSEX JUNCTION - Warren K. Tice of Essex Junction, retired materials scientist, historian, and dealer in military antiques, died on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in the Respite House in Williston. Mr. Tice was born in Waterbury, Conn., on May 28, 1937, the only child of Warren and Muriel (Coley) Tice. Mr. Tice was an uncommon person of diverse interests, independent nature and integrity of mind. He graduated from Crosby High School in 1955, and The University of Connecticut in 1960. During his early years, Warren did geology field work and paleontology studies in the High Plains of Nebraska and Black Hills of South Dakota. After redirecting his career for the first time, he became a recognized authority in the application of transmission electron microscopy to materials characterization. During the 1960s, he was a staff research member at United Aircraft Research Laboratories in East Hartford, Conn. There, he participated in the development of high temperature turbine alloys, NASA lunar mission projects, and investigations of aircraft crashes. Upon accepting a position at IBM in 1970, Mr. Tice devised unique means for correlating small microscopic defects in silicon crystals with failing transistors. This work led to correlation of transistor fail modes with specific physical imperfections. Mr. Tice also developed innovative manufacturing techniques to reduce transistor defects leading to successful high volume production of functional memory and logic chips. Throughout his career, Warren received many awards from his scientific achievements. These included, in 1967, an award from The Electron Microscope Society of America to recognize work on the crystallography and microstructure of unidirectional solidified eutectic alloys for aircraft applications. In 1987, Mr. Tice receive the Annual SEMMI Award of The Semiconductor Equipment Makers and Manufacturing Institute. This honor was given for his discovery of "intrinsic gettering" or how oxygen dissolved in silicon crystals predetermines transistor behavior and manufacturing yields. As author of more than 50 technical publications, his articles are widely referenced in scientific literature. Mr. Tice was among the first Americans to present a paper in China, after the opening of that country to the West. After retirement in 1992, Mr. Tice established W. Tice & Company, which dealt in antique military items. He also wrote more than thirty articles and a book dealing with antique military buttons and Civil War history. His publications provide a definitive history of both the American button industry and early American military units. He had a lifelong interest in paleontology and archaeology, and leading museums display fossils and historical artifacts discovered during weekend "digs." An avid genealogist, Mr. Tice found that he was descended from both Roger Williams and William Bradford, early New England leaders. His father was descended from early Dutch colonists of New Jersey, while his mother's family name was derived from Samuel Coley, an original settler of Milford, Conn. Warren was president of The Northeast Regional Button Association and the Verd Mont Button Club and Director of The National Button Society. Mr. Tice is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Jean (Carew). He is also survived by son, Warren W. and his wife, Melissa of Milton; daughter, Kim and her partner, Bob Verdi; son, David and his wife, Stephanie of Danville, Calif.; five granddaughters, Jessica and her husband, Todd Fournier, Laurel and her husband, Mac Broich, Katrina Tice, Sophie Tice, and Kaitlyn Tice; and five great-grandchildren, William, Isabella, and Ethan Broich, and Collin and Shane Fournier. Arrangements are being made by Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home in Essex Junction. There will be no visiting hours or memorial service. Burial will be at the River Bank Cemetery in Stowe at the convenience of the family.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 14, 2014
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