Thomas Crawford Amidon, 73, WHS class of ’57, Physics Teacher

By on October 15, 2013

amidonThomas Crawford Amidon, 73, of Salt Lake City, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

He was born to the late D. Curtis Amidon and Elizabeth Crawford Potts Amidon on September 25, 1939 in Montclair, N.J. His family later moved to Lititz, and Tom was part of the first graduating class of Warwick High School in 1957. Tom continued his education, receiving a Bachelor of Science from Millersville University and a Masters in Science from the University of Michigan.

In August of 1967, Tom took a position teaching high school Physics in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he met his wife, Christine Kirkbride, whom he married in 1968. Together they built a beautiful log cabin in Fairbanks, which they lived in for nine years.

In the mid 70s, Tom moved his family back to Lititz. He purchased his childhood home and, to save it from being torn down by a local manufacturing company, physically moved his home across the street.

For over 20 years, Tom taught high school physics at Manheim Township. He was fascinated with computers and was an advocate of bringing the personal computer to his school. For many years he taught adult computer classes. From 1988-92, he worked with the People to People program, taking his students to China, Russia and Australia. He was also coach of the Chess Club until his retirement in 2002.

After his retirement, Tom and his wife sold their home in Pennsylvania and became full-time RVers. They traveled back and forth across the country over the years, visiting their children and grandchildren. The couple served on a service mission in 2011 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Family History Library.

Tom is survived by his five brothers and sisters: David Amidon, John Amidon, Sarah Schwarz, Mary Dickinson and Liz Curtis Higgs; his wife: Christine; and his four children: Nell Rose Hill, Chicago, Thomas S. Amidon, Dallas, Edwin T. Amidon, Orem, and Elizabeth A. Walters, Salt Lake City; and by eight grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Oct. 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1136 Sunwood Lane, Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, pleasemake a donation to your local National Public Radio.

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