Thomas Elmo Rasmusson

December 5, 1941March 19, 2020

Thomas Elmo Rasmusson, age 78, of Lansing, Michigan passed away on Thursday March 19, 2020. Thomas was born December 5, 1941, the son of William and Mary Jane (Conway) Rasmusson. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University and J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He was a Fulbright recipient, former prosecutor and special prosecutor for the State of Michigan. He taught at University of Michigan Law School, Harvard Law School Program of Negotiation, University of Liberia Law School, and was an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Thomas loved science, and was always researching and learning. He was a Trustee of Lansing Community College, a member of the Governor's Task Force on Programs and Goals and the Supreme Court Rules Committee, and an author.

Surviving are his wife, Alice Rasmusson; children, David Deupree and Jane Rasmusson; sister, Marilyn Rasmusson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Rasmusson. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

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Joan Austin

April 16, 2020

Alice & Candy,
I just learned of your loss of Tom.
It is heartbreaking to hear such news.
I have wonderful warm memories of Tom.
Such a bright person.
You are in my thoughts.

lorri miller

March 21, 2020

Alice and Candy,

So sorry for your loss, you were all great neighbors in condos, and we miss you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

God Bless,

Lorri & Mary Lee Miller

MaryLea Benson

March 21, 2020

Alice and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that God blesses all in their time of need. My love goes out to you all.
MaryLea Benson

C. William & Marie E. Howe

March 20, 2020

It is with a great deal of sadness that we put pen to paper today to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Thomas Rasmusson. Marie and I have known Tom in a professional and social capacity for over 50 years. He has been our dear friend, lawyer and family confidant during several difficult as well as wonderful times in our lives and the lives of our family. An intellectual giant whose passion for the practice of law was only exceeded by his personal compassion for others. Words do not begin to adequately describe the significant number of exemplary skills and abilities he possessed and his myriad of meaningful and impactful accomplishments during his lifetime. We will dearly miss Tom but will ALWAYS remember our wonderful friend and all he has meant to us and so many others......Kindest Regards, Bill & Marie Howe, Bath, Michigan

Rev. Dr. Robert Hundley

March 20, 2020

Alice and family -

I was sorry to read of the death of Tom. Pigeon and I both remember the four years fondly that you, Tom and your daughter were our neighbors and parishioners on Delta River Drive. Tom was always gracious and affirming in word and deed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Pigeon Hundley
First United Methodist Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mary DiFiore Pulford

March 20, 2020

To Tom's family, Tom was our classmate, please accept our sincere condolences in this time of sorrow. Lansing Eastern's Class of 1959.

Dale Herder

March 20, 2020

I have good memories of Tom's dedicated, thoughtful, and ever-courteous service on the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees. His focus was on our students, faculty, and staff, and he worked well with President Gannon and all of us in the President's Office as we managed and led our fine institution of higher education.

Tom understood fully the seriousness of the service he was offering, as an unpaid elected official, in behalf of the common good of our society. He will be missed by many who knew and respected him highly.

Dale M. Herder
Vice President Emeritus and
Professor of English (ret.)
Lansing Community College