The department regrets to share the news of the passing of Professor Thomas Shawe, 53, who died on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. An Associate Professor of Chemistry, Tom joined the Bucknell faculty in 1991.
Professor Shawe earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Georgia in Athens and his Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta. He did postdoctoral work with A.I. Meyers at Colorado State University. In his 20+ years at Bucknell, Tom worked closely with numerous research students in the laboratory, taught introductory organic chemistry (CHEM 211/212) to more than 1000 Bucknell students and offered authoritative and rigorous upper level synthesis courses.
Shawe was a talented and insightful organic chemist who was a highly effective instructor of Introductory Organic Chemistry. He continued to teach rigorous organic chemistry lectures and lab courses even during his recent illness. He was an ardent supporter of academic rigor in the classroom and in the research laboratory. Tom received numerous research grants, including prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Professor Shawe's research involved new methods for synthesizing compounds with valuable medicinal properties.
He also served as a program officer in the Division of Chemistry of the National Science Foundation and played a key role in bringing the first high-resolution NMR spectrometer to Bucknell in 1992.
Tom had a wonderful sense of humor and was a generous colleague, friend and mentor to both students and colleagues. The Chemistry department will keenly miss both Tom and his contributions to our programs.