Soulen, Thomas Kay

Soulen, Thomas Kay

April 7, 1935 – July 28, 2015
Age 80 of Roseville. Died peacefully, July 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. Tom taught in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Plant Biology for 38 years. His teaching excellence was recognized by a number of awards, including a departmental award, the Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Award, and the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Tom sang tenor in the Minnesota Chorale during its inaugural season and served as one of its early presidents of the board. An accomplished musician, Tom’s love of music led him to direct the North Como Presbyterian church choir for 35 years. He served on its Session at a time when women were seeking ordination as pastors and he participated in several ordination services for them. Tom achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. His love of bird watching led to many years of involvement with the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology (WSO), beginning in high school.  His activities included years of organizing bird censuses, publishing a paper in its journal, The Passenger Pigeon, while still a student, and serving as a seasonal editor of the journal for many decades. Tom was recognized for his lifelong contributions to WSO, which awarded him the Silver Passenger Pigeon Award and Certificate of Appreciation. He held the record for the most birds seen in one year in the state of Wisconsin on more than one occasion. Tom is survived by his wife, Marillyn Soulen; children, Karen Wasiluk , Sarah Sabetti (Dean Sabetti), Peter Soulen; brother, Richard Soulen (Renate Soulen); cousins Bonnie Keast and Nancy Adrian; grandchildren, John Wasiluk, Anne Wasiluk, Maria Sabetti, and Kristina Sabetti. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made in Tom’s name to the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology,  either online at wsobirds.org or addressed to Treasurer, Wisconsin Society of Ornithology,11923 West Bender Road, Milwaukee, WI 53225. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, September 12, 2015,  at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 South Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.