Thomas M. Grost

Thomas M. Grost (BS Mech Egr ’50) of Lansing, Mich., died May 3, 2011, at age 82. Grost was born in Lansing on December 12, 1928, the son of the late Martin and Anna (Fedewa) Grost. He was a graduate of Resurrection High School in 1946. After graduating from MSU, he joined the U.S. Air Force and flew more than 100 missions as a fighter bomber pilot during the Korean War. He worked with Clark Ackley and Warren Holmes architectural firms, the MSU Power Plant, and for the last 20 years at St. Lawrence Hospital as director of plant operations. He was an active member of St. Gerard Church and served on their Catholic school board, but spent most of his time caring for his family.

Grost was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Francis Martin; brother-in-law, Fred Baumgartner; and sister-in-law, Loa Lea Grost. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Cora; 7 children—Richard (Karen) Grost, Mary (John) Halpin, Janet (Mark) Sudac, Diane (Doug) Coon, Christine (Dan) Popoff, Nancy (Mike) Linton, and David Grost; 12 grandchildren—Nick, Daniel, Jenny, Dana, Heather, Beth, Katie, Stephanie, Lance, Allison, Carter and Alexis; and siblings Dr. James (Inge) Grost, Jeanette Baumgartner, Maxwell Grost, and Marie (Jack) Bower.