Thomas F. Rommel Sr., Bethlehem Steel foreman, dies

He had participated in the D-Day invasion

December 24, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Thomas Frederick Rommel Sr., a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. foreman and World War II veteran, died Dec. 14 of Alzheimer's disease at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.

The former longtime Hamilton resident was 87.

Mr. Rommel was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He was a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard ships as a radar man. He served in the Atlantic Theater and participated in the D-Day invasion.

Discharged at the end of the war, he enrolled at Loyola College in the late 1940s, earning his bachelor's degree on the GI Bill of Rights in 1952.

Mr. Rommel went to work in the laboratory at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant, and later was promoted to foreman of the open hearth furnace. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Rommel, who had moved to Salisbury in the 1980s, was an avid golfer and duckpin bowler.

He was a communicant of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church in Ocean Pines. He was a member of the Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus and had been grand commander of Alcala Alhambra Knights of Columbus.

He was also a member of American Legion Post 166 in Ocean City.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Dec. 17 at his church.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Ann Weiss; a son, Rick Rommel of Delmar; a daughter, Mary R. Will of Forest Hill; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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