Dr. Thomas John Crowley

Dr. Thomas John Crowley died on May 8, 2014, at his residence in Scotland, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Kearney, N.J., on Jan. 26, 1948, son of the late Michael John and Bridget Rodgers Crowley.

Tom graduated in 1965 from Parkersburg Catholic High School, from Marietta College in 1969 with a degree in Geology, and Brown University where he received his Ph.D. in Marine Geology in 1976. Since that time, he has worked at a number of institutions, both government and private – the National Science Foundation, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, the Applied Research Corporation, Texas A&M, Duke University, where he was the Nicholas Professor of Earth Systems Science, and most recently, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was the director of the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society, and was a professor at the School of Geosciences.

He published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on past climate change. In 1991, he co-authored an important book on Paleoclimatology with Dr. Jerry North. It introduced climate models to geologists and geographers. Dr. North wrote, “While making significant contributions to his science, Dr. Crowley was simultaneously known for his kindness. His treatment of colleagues and employees set a standard that few of us can emulate or imitate.” Another colleague, Dr. Andrew Dessier wrote, “Tom was tremendously respected and his loss is a keen one to the climate community. It is safe to say climate science, and the Earth’s health is better for Dr. Crowley. It is also evident that those around him were made better too.”

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Gabriele Hegerl Crowley; and his beloved sons, Michael Andreas and John Joseph Crowley of the home. Also left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Nancy James (Buddy) of Vienna, W.Va., and Sharon Rose Crowley of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and his brothers, Roger Crowley (Nancy) of Vienna, W.Va., and Michael Barry Crowley (Dori) of Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick James Crowley; a sister, Margaret Crowley; and his niece, Lorrie James Bannister.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary of the Waves Catholic Church in Scotland, celebrated by the Very Rev. John Canon Creanor and Deacon Gordon Graham.