Thomas Lee Morin
Date of Death: February 25, 2020
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc.
Tim Lowe Light a candle
Light a Candle
Flowers & Gifts

Arrangements starting at $35

Professor Thomas Lee Morin Tom Morin, of West Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on February 25, 2020. His 76 years on this earth were extraordinary. Tom met the love of his life, Susan, in 1962, while studying civil engineering at Rutgers University (where he was the best dancer in his fraternity), and they have been inseparable…

Continue Reading
Roberto Altschul left a message on August 25, 2020:
Marisa and I met Tom and Suzi in 1968 when Tom and Marisa were grad students at Case. I fondly remember the many wonderful times we had together. My love to Suzi, Michael and Marisa.
Harold P. Benson left a message on July 4, 2020:
It's been years, but Professor (Tom) Morin was my role model for becoming a professor. He was my Phd advisor in the early 1970's until he left Northwestern University. I stayed on there and finished my dissertation in 1975 (officially in 1976). Before asking Tom if he would consider being my PhD advisor, I had had him as my teacher in a stochastic processes class. It was there I discovered his energy. He was brilliant but tough on us because it was hard to match his level of comprehension of mathematics and stochastic processes. I remember Markov processes the best from his class. His method of making the material clear was unrivaled. Later, I came to his office to ask if he'd consider being my Phd advisor. You may think I asked him this because he and I were both interested in the same subfields of operations research. This is not the case. I chose him for his awesome personality. He was funny, full of enthusiasm, supportive, open, lively and always seemed very happy. I chose him because I thought I'd be most comfortable with him of all the professors in the IE/MS Department at the time at Northwestern. I was lucky he agreed to advise me. Tom was my role model for accomplishing research and being a professor. I remember him telling me: "Never try to do research unless you know it is in a publishable area in a top-tier journal." I later always remembered that. He also told me, "Your teaching, you want to get that done with so you'll have time for research.". I remembered that as well. I remember going to an ORSA/TIMS conference. Tom was there too. We were in Las Vegas. Maybe mid-770's. We hung out a bit, but I wasn't a gambler. So I missed his acumen and interest in gambling! I remember being in a lounge at some hotel and seeing Muhammed Ali among the audience. I think Tom was there. I actually got Ali's autograph! I should've also gotten Tom's as well! When it was time to teach in my first full-time professor job, I remembered the two things that Tom had told me. I was at (and now I'm Emeritus at) the U. of Florida. I think Tom was a little bewildered that I'd go down there after living and growing up in the Midwest. Well, when I got there, I found out that getting my teaching out of the way was not so easy. But I worked hard at doing that in a quality way, as well as my research. I almost NEVER worked on any research topic that I felt would not be publishable in a very good-to-top tier journal. I didn't always succeed at coming up with results that were top-tier. But most of the time I succeeded, and I had a quite successful research and teaching career. I remember Suzi coming to Tom's office one time when I was in the office as well. So Tom introduced me to Suzi one time. I'll never forget that. I MAY have been the first PhD student that Tom advised.....I am not sure. Tom did the ultra-amazing thing: He was a funny, witty, charming, gregarious guy, he accomplished deep research, he mentored me just the way I needed it, AND he put his priorities right: On wife and family. I live with his inspiring mind, friendliness, humanity, humor and kindness as role models for me to this day. I'm 70 years old now, retired, in Gainesville, FL. I hope Suzi and her family can get a bit of peace, eventually. This is all from my heart, straight up, no revisions or attempt to improve my writing style or grammar. Just straight from the heart. I can only wish you peace, and I know you will find it. Sincerely, Harold P. Benson Now Prof. Emeritus University of Florida Gainesville, FL
Joseph Pekny left a message on March 9, 2020:
Tom was a great person, upbeat and full of life. He was loved by his students and coworkers. I enjoyed working with him very much. May he rest in peace.
Tim Lowe left a message on March 4, 2020:
Dear Susan, Michael, and Marisa: I am so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. I have good memories of the Morins and the Lowes belonging to the gourmet club when Marsha and I first moved to West Lafayette. We always had a great time celebrating life at Purdue and the fine food prepared by us all. Of course I had lots of professional interactions with Tom, including being a student in his dynamic programming course at Northwestern. Tom will be missed by us all.
Arnold L Sweet left a message on February 28, 2020:
You could ask him a technical question, and he could always help you.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Angela Loy left a message on February 27, 2020:
Susan, We are saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We always enjoyed him when he came in. Tom always had interesting stories to tell. Thinking of you in your time of loss. The Dentists and Staff of Tecumseh Dental Center
Steven Wetli left a message on February 27, 2020:
Susan and Family, So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was always a joy to work with on car matters and loved to talk about most anything! I still have the Sting's greatest hits cd from years back. May he rest in peace and prayers for you and yours as you journey onward!
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Show More