Thomas A. Orofino 1930-2021
CLEVELAND — Thomas A. Orofino, 91, born in Youngstown on Nov. 12, 1930, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Jeanette Orofino, and wife, Dorothy Janosik Orofino.
He attended Liberty High School in Youngstown and resided there until his marriage. He attended Kent State University and received a full scholarship to Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. in research chemistry. He lived in Holland for a year with his wife on a student grant. Upon returning, he was employed by Monsanto Chemicals and worked on many projects, including the development of AstroTurf.
After his retirement, Tom and his wife moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he taught chemistry at The University of Tennessee.
Tom traveled around the world and was in every state in the U.S. He was kind to all and was known to guide young children in math in downtown Chattanooga.
Tom was a very learned man, as demonstrated by his work in physics, mathematics and his understanding of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
He will be missed by all, especially his sisters, Jacqueline Chambers of Boca Raton, Fla., and Mary Previte of South Euclid; and nieces and nephews, Toni Mullee (Ohio), Chris Previte (Ohio), Annette Herbster (Ohio), Barb Massena (Arizona), Chris Fisher (Ohio), Lee Fahey (Florida), John Dahl (Canada), Dolores Byrnes (New York), Laura Dull (New York), David Dull (North Carolina) and Randy Dull (deceased).