Dr. Thomas G. Knorr, 83, of Wheeling, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016 at Liza’s Place surrounded by family.
He was born April 14, 1932, a son of the late William and Blanche (Miller) Knorr. Thomas was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He was Professor Emeritus of Physics at Wheeling Jesuit University.
In addition to his parents, Thomas is preceded in death by one son, Joseph Knorr (2015).
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Janell (Sweeney) Knorr; daughters, Mary (Rich) Nelson of RI, and Margaret (Bill) Cruse of WV; sons, Christopher Knorr of CA, and Michael Knorr of WV; daughter-in-law, Michelle Baltz-Knorr of IN; brother, William Knorr of IN; and grandchildren, Matthew Cruse, Lisa (Tyler) Pauly, Rob Nelson, Kathleen Nelson, Caleb Knorr and Caleb’s mother, Jody and sister, Caitlin.
A memorial Mass will be held Monday, March 28, 2016 at 11 am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Jeremiah McSweeney officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Nursing Home Staff Appreciation Fund in C/O www.tmcfunding.com.
Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.altmeyer.com.
My condolences to the family. I didn’t know Tom for very long; met him as a green graduate student at Case Institute of Technology in 1957. We were in the same research program and his warmth and kindness settled a nervous kid down and welcomed him, for which I was and still am grateful for. He subsequently received his PhD and moved on. I wish I could have been around him longer. A warm great guy was he.
In loving memory of Dr. Knorr, my mentor.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Knorr Family… Such a wonderful man, Dr Knorr. Thank you for all of your guidance and support to me and my brothers. God Blessed us with Dr. Knorr and Mrs. Knorr.
I’m sorry for posting this so late. I knew Dr Knorr in class and as a drama director. He was a credit to both. In class, I remember his GRIK stick and his “sneeze once, you’re sick; sneeze twice, you’re healthy”; then came the single sneeze, and he sat down and looked sad (an act of course). In drama, he was meticulous but thoroughly enjoyable to be with. He will be missed.
I was deeply saddened to hear this news. Doc was a great teacher and a better man. Truly some of my fondest memories of Wheeling College centered around him. Chris, Margaret, and the whole Knorr family, my deepest condolences on your loss.
Dr. Knorr was one of the best instructors I have ever had, and certainly the most memorable. He taught us a lot more than Physics, even though maybe we didn’t realize it at the time. A great teacher, always a great friend, and a great man. RIP, Dr. Knorr.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Janelle and to his entire family.
For a decidedly non-science major, Dr. Knorr was the first teacher I had who made science fun and interesting. (Who else would/could teach a full 50-minute class wearing a latex conehead hat? Or announce all over campus that gravity would be temporarily shut off at a certain time on a certain day as a result of an experiment?) Later he, along with Fr. O’Brien, was instrumental in helping me develop my independent major. I considered him my friend and mentor. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
I was quite saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Knorr. He was an amazing teacher whose passion for science and wry sense of humor still resonate so long after I left his classroom at Wheeling College. He will remain in my fond memories and in my family’s prayers.
I have such fun memories of Dr. Knorr. I love to talk about his “planet collision insurance” that he would offer at the beginning of each semester. He was a very challenging, and entertaining teacher. My sincere condolences to my classmate Chris and all of the Knorr family.
So sorry for your family for the loss of Dr. Knorr. He was a very kind and caring person . Our condolences to Janelle and their children,,family and friends.