George Van Dyke TIERS Ph.D.
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 complete. Memorials are preferred to the Jane Tiers Memorial Scholarship at St. Paul Academy and Summit School.

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I met Dr. Tiers in 1990. New to 3M Company, I’d heard about his famous lab. I stopped by several times and finally saw his lights on and decided to introduce myself. He had a very large laboratory and there was a shower curtain liner hanging around his desk area. I called his name and pulled back the shower curtain. He was seated and I quickly noticed the arms of his chair, and his dirty telephone which turned out to be the only rotary dial phone left on campus. I politely extended my arm for a handshake. My name badge fell forward, so he heard and read my name simultaneously. In the blink of an eye, before our hands could touch, he whipped his right hand away and brushed his fingers through his hair. “Linda Tanner, I’ve heard so much about you and I don’t think we’re going to get along”. I said, “Dr. Tiers that is nonsense. We are going to become friends. You mark my word.” We did. It was just a few years ago, I called him to say hello. We reminisced about the old days and our first meeting and talked for almost 3 hours. I have so many more stories. Dr. Tiers was indeed a very special person. It was my sincere privilege to work with him for many years.
Linda Tanner
March 8, 2021
I'm sorry George has gone. I appreciate all his contributions -- especially his contributions (time & effort) to the Minnesota chess society.
January 31, 2020
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 him I saw his car in the parking lot covered in ice, and wanted to make sure he was okay. He grinned and said, Yes, I am still alive! Classic George.

He would show up at every technical poster session and always have questions, ideas or suggestions. Very sharp mind, even sharper wit.

Rest In Peace, George. You have left a mark on several generations of 3Mers, and we will cherish the interactions we had with you.
Kannan Seshadri
November 23, 2019
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 virus".
Please let me know the time and place of a memorial service (if it has not already happened).
I am deeply saddened by this.

David Kuhns
President Emeritus, Minnesota State Chess Association.
November 14, 2019
A brilliant man
A kind soul
A great loss
Rest in peace

Candy Kaiser
November 12, 2019
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 George last Spring when I played on his Chess team in the Twin Cities Chess League. I think he was one of the founders of that League back in the 60's? He was an active member of the old 3M Chess team and one of the early members of the Castle Chess Club which is now located in Northeast Minneapolis. He was a legend and he will be greatly missed. Bob Kraemer New Prague, MN
November 10, 2019
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