Thomas Eisner
Bangs Funeral Home, Inc. - Ithaca
209 W Green St.
Ithaca, NY
Eisner, Thomas

Ithaca: Thomas Eisner passed away in his sleep on Friday, March 25th, at his home in Kendal at the age of 81. He was born on June 25, 1929 in Berlin, Germany. His parents, Hans E. Eisner and Margarete Heil, fled Germany with their two children in 1933. They lived first in Spain, but decided to leave Europe and settle in Uruguay. To ensure their children a better education, the Eisners immigrated to the United States. Tom's undergraduate years were divided between Champlain College in Upper New York and Harvard, where he also completed his PhD in 1955. His first and only job started at Cornell in 1957, where he remained until his retirement in 2006. Tom suffered from Parkinson's Disease, but persevered in writing 3 books, and making beautiful pictures of flowers and shells on a color copier after he was no longer able to hold his camera. He never lost his love for music, even though playing the keyboard became impossible in the end. Tom loved his family dearly. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maria L?bell; three daughters, Yvonne (John Brice), Vivian and Christina (Joe Brown); and six grandchildren, Nicholas and Melissa Brice, Ryan, Alexandria and Brigette Kragie and Anya Hess. He is also survived by his sister, Beatrice Gil Zorrilla in Buenos Aires; and nieces and nephews and their families. Tom would like his family and friends, his collaborators and colleagues, his fellow musicians as well as all the students he taught and counseled, to know how much he appreciated their support for his passion and enthusiasm for all things live and beautiful. Natural science was pure enjoyment to him and he tried to make it a popular pastime. He had hoped to leave a better world behind. Bangs Funeral Home will be in charge of a private burial in Greensprings Natural Cemetery. A celebration of Tom's life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, one of Tom's favorite organizations.

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Published by Ithaca Journal on Mar. 28, 2011.
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To Maria, Yvonne, Vivian and Christine,

We are very sorry to hear that Tom has passed. Cherish the fond memories of him.

With sincerest condolences,

The Wallace family (Bruce, Roberta and Bruce Jr.)
April 13, 2011
Tom was an inspiration to many and all ages. He used to share his expertise with my biology classes at Ithaca High, where he sparked enthusiasm for their scientific pursuits. He is very missed.
Nancy Ridenour
April 6, 2011
Tom will be sorely missed. He was a oner! We were so privileged to know and learn from him. John and Sue Gregoire, Burdett, NY.
April 5, 2011
Vivian, I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.
Laurie Perko
March 31, 2011
Maria. I feel so privaleged to have been able to meet you both. Your love for each other was so beautifully evident. You're caring and loving ever present.I am sad for your loss, but ever mindful and understanding of Tomas and your wishes. Let us all ride a bicycle backwards, smile to the ends of our faces, enjoy music to the fullest of pleasure, in Dr. Eisner's memory.
Nancy Krieger Kirchner, RN
Nancy Kirchner
March 29, 2011
I have very fond memories of Tom, from when I was a teenager and both our families were in Australia, to just a couple of years ago when he visited my family on Cayuga lake and was as excited as a child with the bugs he found there. It was always a pleasure and an adventure being with him.
Ben Littauer
March 29, 2011
Tom did indeed leave the world a better place - by his presence in it, his wisdom, his passion to understand, his love of life and living things. We will miss him so much.
Jennifer Tiffany
March 29, 2011
16 years ago I attended a Biodiversity
Conference at the American Museum of
Natural History.
I was struck by the number of young biologists wearing T-shirts with "I want to be Tom Eisner when I grow up!"
They hoped he would attend the meeting, but he did not.
Dex Hinckley
March 29, 2011
Maria and family-We have never been blessed to meet you but I am blessed to have your daughter Christina in my life.
My son was in awe of Tom and I know Joe was just one life he touched. May you have peace on this day of such sadness.
David and Judy Brown
William Brown
March 28, 2011
Maria and family - we love you and have such wonderful memories of dad and Tom laughing together and telling bad jokes. Even though, like dad, we know that Tom is no longer suffering with an awful illness, we also know what a difficult time this is.
Leela and family.
Leela Fireside
March 28, 2011
I met Tom at Cornell Fleet Garage where I recently retired from. When I first met Tom he pulled into the garage to get gas and I had a old bicycle that I was working on during my lunch, he got a big smile on his face, walked over and sat on it BACKWARDS and started to ride around the lot reaching behind himself to steer grinning from ear to ear. Sorry for your loss, Jim Turk
March 28, 2011
Maria and family,

Nadine and I were saddened to hear of Tom's death. We appreciated the time we had to know him and the rest of the family. His love of family, academics and students will always be remembered. We pray for peace for you all as you lay him to rest today.
Love & Blessings,
Doug & Nadine Rorem
March 28, 2011
Maria and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderfully gentle and generous man -- our son David proudly cares for the camera equipment Tom gave him. And his intelligence and wit at lunch conversation was far more important to his companions than the food. We wish only that we had known Tom better, and for longer. He so enriched our lives.
Paul & Elaine Hyams
March 28, 2011
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