Thomas Earl Tice
January 24, 1924 – December 20, 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
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Thomas Earl Tice
January 6, 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
Townes Institute Science and Technology
Experimentation Facility TISTEF
CREOL Collage of Optical Science and Photonics
University of Central Florida
Kennedy Space Center
August 19, 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
September 30, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 321-453-5021
Jim & Kay Gowen
January 11, 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.
January 8, 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.
January 4, 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.
January 3, 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.
January 2, 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
January 2, 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.
December 31, 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.
December 31, 2011
I worked for Tom Tice as a new assistant professor at Arizona State over forty years ago. He was truly a gentleman and a scholar. His even, honest and courteous manner set an example for all around him. Such a loving man will surely be sorely missed by his family. All of us will miss the example he set as a truly good person.
December 30, 2011
Tom was my colleague, mentor, and role model. For a while we were graduate students together at The Ohio State University; after he graduated he became faculty and my thesis supervisor, and finally my boss as Director of the ElectroScience Lab. I admired his total honesty, his ability to listen and understand, his fairness, and both his strength and gentleness. When I succeeded him as ElectroScience Lab Director and Professor, I tried to emulate him. When he left Ohio State, I taught a course that was dear to him, which eventually led to a textbook. I feel greatly indebted to him, not only professionally, but for my growth as a person. The world needs more Tom Tices!
December 30, 2011
In a life like Tom's where he blessed so many people, my comment will find itself no more than an echo. Tom made a profound impact on my life in more ways than I can express. Tom was a father figure, mentor and friend to me and I will truly miss him. It is true that the Lord gives the increase to the spirit of a man. It is also true that in my life you will find Tom holding a watering can. I am a better man for knowing him and I hope I can live up to the standard that he set before me as a friend, husband, father, grandfather and Christian. Congratulation Tom on winning the prize.
December 30, 2011
My heartfelt sympathy to the Tice family as you process through the loss of a great man of God. Tom's positive impact on so many people in multiple aspects of life will live on until the Lord comes back. Many are a living testimony that Tom's greatest impact was that of improving human character, a rare gift Tom possessed. Never leaving his family behind as he excelled in life marks the true character of Tom Tice. His reward in heaven will be delayed; decades will pass before his positive influence on mankind will be totaled. Thank you, Lord for sharing your servant Tom with mankind. I count it a great blessing to be among those he touched.
Susan& Greg Muszynski
December 30, 2011
We are truly saddened by the loss of this great Christian man, but know that he is truly the lucky one, now in the presence of God. Tom was such a good man. We first got to know him as new Christians. He was always so warm and friendly to all he came in contact with. We missed him terribly when he & Leah would go back to San Diego & we were always so excited when they would return to the valley. We are so sad for the family & know he will be sorely missed. Cammi, Skelly, & Cheri--you were so fortunate to have such a wonderful grandfather & Christian example. Remember everything he taught you. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
December 29, 2011
My heartfelt condolences go out to the Tice family.
Tom's faith is being rewarded in Heaven where he will reunite with his Mrs. Tice and meet the Lord at last.
December 26, 2011
We are very sad to hear that Tom passed away. He was a very faithful and caring person. We will miss seeing him at church and will always remember his smile and cheerful demeanor. Tom's family is in our prayers.
Patrick and Kacee O'Brien