George Van Dyke TIERS Ph.D.

St. Paul, Minnesota


St. Paul, Minnesota


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Age 92, of St. Paul Distinguished research chemist at 3M for 60 years and Carlton Society member, he passed away November 4, 2019. Preceded in death by his wife Jane. Survived by his son Jerrold, daughter-in-law Dalene, and caring friends. Full notice will be posted when memorial plans are...

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I'm sorry George has gone. I appreciate all his contributions -- especially his contributions (time & effort) to the Minnesota chess society.

George was one of the quintessential chemists. He lived and breathed chemistry. He would, even in his 80s, come to his lab on weekends to do something or the other. One time, I came to 3M on a wintry Saturday morning to finish up some experiments. His Volvo 740 wagon was in the parking lot, and had a fair amount of ice on all surfaces. Fearing the worst, I went to his (rather messy) lab and called out George! He didn't respond, so I went inside and ended up startling him. He said yes? I told...

George was the reason I got involved in Minnesota chess. He is a member of the Minnesota Chess Hall of Fame. I met him in January 1970. I have been active in Minnesota State Chess Association ever since, serving as its president for many years.
He has been a member of the 3M64 Chess at the Twin Cities Chess League (my team) for a very long time. He created the TCCL (1961 I think). In fact, I contacted him in September of this year, but he stated he could not attend "due to a...

A brilliant man
A kind soul
A great loss
Rest in peace


George Tiers will be missed by all of us in the Chess-playing community! He was a mentor to me while I was growing up in St Paul, Minnesota in the early 60's and from then on. He was so brilliant, and such a wonderful man to talk to that I was hard-pressed to find a topic he wasn't knowledgeable about! He was the long-time editor of the Minnesota Chess Journal, a monthly newsletter that kept all of us serious Chess players connected and informed about all things Chess related. I last saw...