Thomas Kotowski - RIP

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Monday, May 18, 2020 - 07:23 am:  Edit

Thomas Michael Kotowski was born on November 22nd, 1945, in Alsfeld, Germany, and passed away on May 16th, 2020 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Wilfrida; and his two sons, Michael and Stephan. He has four wonderful grandchildren, Devin, Olivia, Emmaline, and Benjamin. He is also survived by his three brothers, Andreas, Martin, and Christoph.

A private memorial service will be held at Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, in Snellville, Georgia, on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 at 1:00 pm. You can watch the celebration of life on Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Facebook page,

Condolences may be sent or viewed at Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, A Family Company, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville, GA 30039 (770-979-3200) has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Thomas Kotowski please visit our Sympathy Store.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 09:25 am:  Edit

John Faes reports as follows:

My U.S. Army Crime Lab Serologist colleague-starting in 1972, my friend and Lilburn GA vicinity neighbor, whose German family members are all STEM notables, who as a child was captured with his physicist father (Ph.D., Technische Hochschule Berlin) and family and taken to Russia, Thomas Kotowski, died at his home in Lilburn, early in the afternoon of 16 May 2020.

After coming to the U.S., and high school, Thomas graduated NYC community college (Biology), was drafted into the army and Infantry trained. His family's WWII background kept him from assignment to Vietnam Nam. Sent to U.S. Army Europe, he was "captured" by the U.S. Army Crime Lab during incoming personnel processing. He served in uniform at the lab in Frankfurt, Germany and upon discharge as a civilian, until the lab closed after the Berlin Wall collapse. Thereafter he worked at the U.S. Army Crime lab (now Defense Forensic Science Center) in Atlanta, until his retirement.

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