Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hugh Tornabene Passes Away

    Hugh Salvatore Tornabene passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016, at his home in Harwood, Md., surrounded by loved ones. 
    Hugh Salvatore Tornabene was born on December 27, 1932, in Heswall, Werall, England, to Nora and Onofrio Tornabene, both of whom predeceased him. Always a very curious and intelligent man, he went on to study at the University of Liverpool from 1950-1956, eventually receiving a Ph.D. in Physics. He worked in the field, until deciding to join the priesthood of the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church as well as moving to the USA in 1965. He eventually became an American citizen. He studied at Woodstock College from 1965-1969. Deciding not to preach but to help guide students instead, he began working at Bowie State University in 1969 where he continued his research, taught Physics and Astronomy, was an active member of the faculty participating in many committees and other aspects of University life, and finished his career over 35 years later in 2005. He was an avid bridge player, enjoyed researching genealogy, researching cosmic rays from deep space, and maintained and studied the nature around his home.
    Hugh met his wife, Catherine Lee McPherson of Harwood, Md. whom he is survived by, in 1979. They married on July 20th, 1982 in Upper Marlboro, Md., and they renewed their vows and were married in the Catholic Church in Davidsonville, Md, on January 11, 2014.
    He is survived by his four Children, Laurence Matthew Tornabene of Laurel, Md., Valerie Ruth Needham of Manassas, Va., David Charles John Tornabene of Harwood, Md., and Michael William Tornabene of Baltimore, Md. He is a brother to Peter Tornabene of Berkshire, England who predeceased him, and also survived by his siblings Diana Davey of Surrey, England, Nicholas Tornabene of Cornwall, England, and Maria Featch of Berkshire, England.
    Friends may call at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, Md. on Thursday June 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the chapel at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, Md. on Friday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. Interment immediately following at Lakemont Memorial Gardens, Davidsonville, Md. 

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