Dr. Thomas Allan Langworthy


Dr. Thomas Allan Langworthy, 66, passed away at his home in Sioux Falls on Jan. 20, 2010. He was born Aug. 7, 1943 in Oak Park, IL to Thomas and Jean (Hruby) Langworthy.

He earned an A.B. degree in biology from Grinnell College, Grinnell IA and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence KS.

Dr. Langworthy's career included 38 years as a professor of microbiology at University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, a director of microbiology courses at the Sanford School of Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.  He was well known as an outstanding teacher and researcher. An internationally known expert in bacterial physiology, he authored over 150 scientific articles and several book chapters.  As a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt award in 1984, he spent that year as a guest professor at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

For 16 years Tom along with many friends enjoyed his hobby of fishing tackle collecting (NFLCC).

He is survived by his wife, Jane (Heckenlively) Langworthy of Sioux Falls; and his two daughters, Jennifer (Nate) Grindheim and granddaughter, Annabel and grandson Benjamin of Shoreview, MN, Joslyn (George) Langworthy Klaas and twin granddaughters, Elsa and Freya, of Toledo, OH.  Also two stepsons, Jeffrey (Stacey) Moser and granddaughter, Macie, of Rapid City, and Jon (Allison) Moser of Meckling, and grandchildren Brooke, Conner, Drake, and Elyse.

Toward the end of his life, Tom was comforted to learn the Bible's hope of a resurrection.  (John 5:28 & 29)
Memorials can be sent to Compassionate Care Hospice.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, SD.  For online obituary and condolences please visit hansenfuneralhome.com.

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