Obituaries Thomas Geary

Thomas Carleton Geary, 91, of India-

lantic, FL, died Sept. 11, 2004 at Alterra Clare Bridge, Melbourne, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Geary was born in Cascade, IA, on Oct. 13, 1912 to Michael and Ida Geary. He was educated in Cascade, graduated from Columbia College, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1936.

He taught political science at The University of South Dakota from 1936 until 1976 when he retired as professor emeritus. During World War II, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1945.

He authored numerous studies, books, and pamphlets on state government and taught government to hundreds of students in the Political Science Department at USD.

He documented his boyhood experiences in a memoir called A Cascader's Travels.

Dr. Geary loved opera, baseball and travel, and enjoyed many hunting and fishing expeditions with fellow USD faculty over the years. His smile and sense of humor will be deeply missed.

He is survived by a son, Dr. John C. Geary and daughter-in-law, Dr. Christraud Geary of Medford, MA, a son James Geary of Vermillion, and sister, Clara Stuhr of Davenport, IA. In addition, he leaves behind his beloved companion of 17 years, Polly Knight of Indialantic, FL; her sons, Dr. Fredrick Knight and wife, Ann, of Wayland, MA, and Thomas Knight and wife, Susan, of Hopkinton, MA, and their children, for whom Tom Geary was like a grandfather.

Memorials may be sent to the Thomas C. Geary Scholarship Fund, University of South Dakota Foundation, P.O. Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069. A celebration of his life is planned for Nov. 6, in

Vermillion. Details will be available from the USD Foundation, telephone (605) 677-6703.

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