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Thomas Arthur Midford ’56

Thomas Arthur Midford ’56, June 16, 2005, in Torrance, California. Thomas earned a BA in physics from Reed, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received an MS and a PhD in physics from Stanford in 1958 and 1962, respectively, and took a position with IT&T in the Standard Telecommunications Laboratory in Harlow, Essex, England. In 1959, he married Carol D. Erickson ’61; they had three sons. Following his position with IT&T, he worked for General Electric in Liverpool, New York, before accepting a position as principal research scientist and engineering manager for Hughes Aircraft and the Raytheon Company in Torrance. In leisure time, Thomas volunteered with the Boy Scouts, traveled extensively, and read mysteries. Following retirement in 1998, he delved into a woodworking hobby that produced such pieces as the Morris chair and the crumhorn. Survivors include Carol and their sons and three grandchildren; and his brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2005

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