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Thomas J. Woeber Jr., passed away March 27, 2013 at the age of 84, as a result of heart failure. He was the beloved husband of Jean Marie (Grimes), who pre-deceased him in 2006. Tom leaves behind his three children, Kathy (John Gardner) of San Francisco, Nancy (Ed Ryczek) of Chicago and Tom (Beth Smiley) of Cincinnati; his seven grandchildren: Mariana, Teddy, Alison, Daniel, Elaina Louise, Max and Mia; and his brother, Robert A. Woeber, Sr. (Margy) of Pittsburgh, as well as brother in law John Grimes, sisters in law Joyce Duffy (Jim) and JoAnne Adamek, and many nieces and nephews. Tom's brother, John Woods Woeber, pre-deceased him in 2009. Tom, a native of Pittsburgh, was the son of Tom and Louise Woods Woeber. He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1946. During high school, he worked for three summers on Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s ore boats on the Great Lakes. Tom received a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1950 and a BS in Industrial Management in 1957 at Carnegie Institute of Technology and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Tom married Jean, the love of his life and wife of 54 years, at the Catholic chapel on the Carnegie Tech campus, on May 24, 1952. They enjoyed a honeymoon in San Francisco, and then Tom shipped from San Francisco to Japan and then on to South Korea to continue his service, in both enlisted and commissioned capacities, in the U.S. Army during the Korean War; he returned to Pittsburgh after completion of his service in October, 1953. Tom joined U.S Steel in the fall of 1953 and subsequently held positions in plant operations, product development and marketing. As a senior US Steel marketing executive, Tom initiated, in 1964, a marketing program utilizing a new mechanical testing/computer analysis technology developed jointly by the US Air Force and the University of Cincinnati Engineering Department that enabled U.S. Steel to promote the redesign and fabrication of major cast iron machine tool components as welded steel components. This initiative led to U.S. Steel co-founding a new company in Cincinnati in 1967, Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC). At the time of formation of SDRC, Tom was appointed to the Board of SDRC, representing U.S. Steel, and in 1972, he left U.S. Steel and became the President of SDRC Systems. Tom retired from SDRC in 1986 and became a business advisor to several Cincinnati companies, including Robotic Research Corp., Manta and Entec/IRD Corp. During the forty-one years he lived in Cincinnati, Tom was active in his parish, St. John Fisher, serving as a member of Parish Council, as well as an usher and lector. Throughout their marriage, he and Jean traveled extensively to all of the continents and all 50 of the United States; they also tremendously enjoyed returning every summer to Lake Wah Wash Kesh, in Ontario, CA, with their children and grandchildren. The family would be grateful for donations in lieu of flowers to Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio: Friends will be received Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Rd., Wheeling, WV (304-232-2732). Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at St Michael Catholic Church with Rev. Raju Antony as celebrant. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Personal condolences may be made to the family at

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Apr. 1, 2013
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