Dr. Thomas A. Nartker

December 16, 1936 ~ August 13, 2018 (age 81)


Nartker, Dr. Thomas A. 81, of Tipp City, passed away on August13, 2018 at Springmeade Health Center, Freedom Court surrounded by loving family. Born December 16, 1936 in Warren, Ohio to the late Leo J. and Anna E. {Bloemer} Nartker.


Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan;

 3 children and their spouses, Kathryn & James of Troy, Karolyn of Las Vegas, and Thomas and Julie of Las Vegas; 3 Grandchildren, Jason, Aidan and Teagan.


 Also surviving are 4 siblings and their spouses, Joan and Gary Albright of Greenville, Richard and Carol of Tipp City, Charles and Sandra of Beavercreek, and William and Darleen of Tipp City, along with numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.


 Tom was a proud member of The University of Dayton Flyers basketball team during the 1957-58 season.  He was infamous for his FG% that year of 100%. He graduated later that year with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  His love for the Dayton Flyers remained his entire life.


 After earning his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Tom moved to Bryan, Texas. At Texas A&M University, his blazed frontiers when he became the first person at the university to use a computer, rather than a typewriter, to write and print his doctoral dissertation in Chemical Engineering (very high tech at the time). He married the “cute girl” in the office who helped him hand write the equations in his dissertation that, at the time, were not printable.


 In 1965, the newlyweds moved to Socorro, New Mexico where Tom established the Computer Science Department at The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech).  Now a resident of the Southwest, he was determined to “learn to love” the local cuisine, Hatch Green Chiles.  He spent many a night sweating through a meal. 


 Following a brief stint in Houston, Tom and the family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he eventually became the head of the Computer Science department at UNLV.  His cutting-edge research brought in millions of dollars to UNLV’s Information Science and Research Institute. During their 30 years in Las Vegas, Tom and Susan spent time exploring and experiencing the stunning sights of the West.


 Tom retired in 2011 and, in 2016, they returned to his home state of Ohio after a lifetime of “trying new things” and making lifelong friends.



Private family services have been entrusted to FRINGS AND BAYLIFF FUNERAL HOME, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, Ohio 45371.  Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at


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