- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2004

Thomas J. Twomey, a retired inventor for General Electric Co. who held six patents, died Jan. 13 of heart disease at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 79. Mr. Twomey was born in the District. He graduated from Central High School in the District in 1942 and then attended Virginia Tech. However, his pursuit of higher education was interrupted by a tour of service during World War II. Despite having a 4F deferment, Mr. Twomey went to the draft board seeking to serve in the military; he enlisted in the Navy. He completed boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Station, Ill. He then was attached to a group of sailors who were gifted in electronics and spent a year in advanced training. He later was assigned to the San Diego Naval Repair Base for two years. After his return from military service, Mr. Twomey graduated from Virginia Tech in 1947. General Electric offered him a job, and he worked as an inventor. Mr. Twomey received General Electrics Cordinger Award . He had six U.S. patents in magnetics and accoustics as characterizing the main flux of transformers. He worked for General Electric for 22 years, most of it in Rome, Ga., before retiring in 1970. He served as an instructor at the Riverside Military Academy in Georgia from 1974 until August 1990. Following his retirement from the Riverside Military Academy, he moved to Shady Side, Md. Mr. Twomey was a devoted member of the Great Bookers Club , serving as group leader for many years. He is survived by a sister, Mary Cotnoir of Westfield, Mass. Services have been held. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Church, West River, MD 20778, or to a favorite charity.

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