Obituary of Thomas Franklin Merrill
Thomas Franklin Merrill, age 89, of Telford, PA passed away on Friday January 15, 2021.
He was born in Orange, NJ on January 5, 1932, the son of the late Charles Earl and Anna Matilda (Lofgren) Merrill. Tom attended Blair Academy where he was class president, then graduated from Princeton University in 1954. He later earned his MA at the University of Nebraska where he met his wife Mary Jane. Tom then earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin.
Tom served honorably in the US Air Force (SAC.)
Tom spent most of his career as an English professor at the University of Delaware. He enjoyed traveling the US and Europe with his family. He was also an accomplished artist, writer and lifelong swimmer.
Survivors include his wife Mary Jane (Mong) Merrill; three children Kimberly Merrill, Elizabeth Merrill (& Gil Marshall), and Patrick Merrill; three grandchildren, Sam Askin, JD Askin, and Charles T. Merrill (& Alyssa); daughter-in-law Jenny Merrill; and one great grandson Everett Grant Merrill.
Along with his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his two sisters and his son Charles E. Merrill.
Services and interment will be private.
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