Thomas Earl Tice

24 January, 192420 December, 2011

On December 20, 2011, Thomas Earl Tice went to join his wife in their eternal home. Born January 24, 1924 in Florence, Alabama, he moved with his family to Huntington, West Virginia where he graduated from high school and attended Marshall College. World War II interrupted his formal education, and he enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, setting up communications and electronic air navigational aids in North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Following the war, Tom returned to complete his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering at Ohio State University, remaining there as a professor and director of the OSU Antenna Laboratory for several years. During this time, he met the love of his life, Leah Jane Prince, and married her on June 11, 1949. Tom became a devoted father in 1951 to his son Dale and in 1953 to his daughter Charlyn. Moving to Arizona in 1961, he became a chief engineer for Motorola Government Electronics Division for six years before he returned to his first love of teaching at Arizona State University. As Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department for many years, he blessed the lives of thousands of students. His last years at ASU were combined with sabbaticals in San Diego, consulting with the Naval Ocean Systems Center on state of the art radar systems. Tom was a man who loved life and loved people. Nothing brought him more joy than sharing love and laughter with family and friends of all ages and backgrounds. But, the driving force of his life was his love for the Lord Jesus Christ. His passion for God and people, his generous nature, and his relentless desire to serve others have touched the lives of countless individuals in a deeply meaningful and tangible way. We cannot imagine life here without him, but we know that he now abides with the one being that could possibly love him more than we do. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Phoenix Rescue Mission PO Box 6708 Phoenix, AZ. 85005-6708


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Ronald Phillips

6 January 2020

Tom Tice had a big impact on my life. I worked for him at Motorola in the summer of 1965. I worked in the microwave department on two circuits that were to go on Apollo 11. That fall I went back to ASU to continue on in graduate school. About a year later Tom became the EE Dept. Chair. During my study for the Ph.D., I was hired by Tom to work as an instructor in electromagnetic fields. Tom help me learn how to teach not just do research.

After finishing my degree I went to teach at the Univ. of Central Florida in the field of EM fields. I've now been on that faculty for 50 years. Tom has had big impact on my personal and professional life.

Thanks Tom and to his family
Ronald Phillips Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor and
Chief Scientist
Townes Institute Science and Technology
Experimentation Facility TISTEF
CREOL Collage of Optical Science and Photonics
University of Central Florida
Kennedy Space Center

Benjamin Flores

19 August 2018

When I state that Dr. Tom Tice was a great academic mentor, an outstanding professional role model, and a great man, I know that I speak on behalf of entire generations of electrical engineers who learned the discipline under his tutelage at Arizona State University.

I am proud to be the last Ph.D. student he mentored before he announced his retirement in 1990. Every semester I teach Antenna Theory, I make sure I mention Dr. Tice's legacy, including his early work on helical antennas, and other contributions to the electrical engineering community. The last time I saw Dr. Tice, he was running off to a special session at the IEEE AES Annual Conference to give tribute to the late John D. Kraus. As we said goodbye, he looked at me with a wide smile and walked away with his characteristic long strides.

Whenever I go to Arizona, I make it a point to go to one of his favorite restaurants, and order a bowl of fried ice cream in his honor. He loved fried ice cream. In a way this dish symbolizes his life: full of life and energy and always with a positive outlook, to the last spoon.

Dr. Tice: We will always remember you with great fondness. Thank you for everything you did for your students. And thank you making me a better man. May God have you in His Glory.

robert van sickle

30 September 2012

I am Robert Van sickle, Korean veteran, and graduate from Ohio Stete and the Antenna Lab (59). Tom was a great man! and helped me as a Vet get through school, working at the Lab and the Research Foundation, and a Great School! There were so many that helped me, to many to mention, but all of the staff and co-workers are included. I thank them all!
Bob ( 321-453-5021

Jim & Kay Gowen

11 January 2012

We were saddened to hear of the death this precious man. He and Leah were there for us when we first left college and went out on our own. We worshipped in Mesa, where Tom served as an elder and he and Leah took us into their home numerous times. We loved Dale and Charlyn and were able to spend some time with Charlyn when she was a student at Harding University and later on a trip back to Mesa. God blessed the world, the church, his family and many friends when he put Tom Tice on the earth. Our love and God's blessings accompany this note.

Constantine Balanis

8 January 2012

I lost a very good friend and colleague. Tom was a very gentle, gracious and caring person. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved teaching, students, and people. He was an excellent teacher, engineer and mentor. He left a mark in the electrical engineering profession, especially in antennas, during his tenure at Arizona State University (ASU), where he also served as Chair of Electrical Engineering, and The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also served as Director of the Antenna Laboratory (now ElectroScience Laboratory). I came to ASU to be a colleague with Tom, as we both were alumni of OSU; we both had interests in antennas and electromagnetics. My PhD advisor was one of Tom's PhD students; that makes Tom, professionally, my 'grandfather.' We all are going to miss him and his positive and reinforcing attitude. May his memory be eternal.

Harold Yuan

3 January 2012

Dr. Tice was an antenna and RCS consultant with then Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles. We had traveled to the Netherlands twice in the mid-80's to learn firsthand about compact reflector ranges to measure antennas and RCS. I remember that Tom would always ask good, inquisitive questions. Just as we had arrived in our first trip to Holland, I had received an urgent message from home that my pastor had suddenly passed away. I told Tom that I was thinking of going back home right away to support my church. But Tom in his wisdom counseled with me, and prayed with me, so I stayed through the remainder of the trip. It would be about ten years later that Hughes actually built a compact reflector range facility. Tom was always very kind, understanding, very fatherly, and always seemed to have the right words at the right time. I appreciate Tom very much and will miss him. To God be the glory.

Jay Trischman

3 January 2012

I have fond memories of eating lunch with Tom during his times at Naval Ocean System Center in San Diego. His passion for teaching was obvious in the way he shared his experience with us younger engineers. His gentle and gracious nature is an inspiration to me in how I deal with others. It is clear that he touched many lives in positive ways and will be missed.

Tom Finley

2 January 2012

A humble man with a positive outlook on life always looking at the good encouraging and building up everyone he met. Never selfish, always giving. A man of integrity who embodies the 'fruit of the Spirit' as the driving force for all of his life's activities and relationships. The solution for all of his life's problems and challenges was found in his faith in God and trust in His Word. Tom, I'll miss you very deeply. You didn't just touch my life, you touched my heart.

Jim & Dee Page

2 January 2012

We were so shocked and saddened at the news of Tom's passing. He and Leah both were very special friends and are now among that great cloud of witnesses. Our tears are for his family but our joy is for Tom as well as Leah as they experience heaven together for eternity.

Bob Dinger

31 December 2011

I had the great pleasure of working with Tom in the Radar Branch at the Naval Ocean Systems Center in San Diego. Tom's integrity and complete honesty when dealing with people and with the complexities of his radar projects were an inspiration for all of us in the branch. He was also an outstanding engineer who was a direct link back to the exciting early days of the development of radar. Tom was a superb member of The Greatest Generation and will be profoundly missed by his family and his many colleagues.

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