Alumni leader Tom Litzler passes away

Tom Litlzer enjoys a spirited conversation with students at a scholarship reception in March 2013.

The former president of the Case Alumni Association was honored for service to his classmates

Thomas C. Litzler, ’53, MS ’62, an accomplished engineer and an alumni leader honored for his service to the Case School of Engineering, passed away April 19 at the age of 86.

Tom volunteered his time and organizational skills to the board of the Case Alumni Association for many years and served as board president from 2008 to 2009. He was a driving force behind the 2008 strategic plan and was a champion of Case Clubs and the fellowship they promoted. He served for a time as president of the Case Clubs of Cleveland.

During Homecoming weekend of 2014, he was honored with the fellowship-related Samuel H. Givelber Award. In 2000, Tom received the Meritorious Service Award for his service to his classmates and the Case School of Engineering.

Tom graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and followed that with a master’s degree in 1962. As a professional engineer, he was responsible for major machinery design projects for such companies as Dravo-Wellman, Hall Systems and C.A. Litzler Co. He shared his expertise with students as an instructor for the Case Institute of Technology.

An accomplished photographer who exhibited his work, Tom also enjoyed ice skating, tennis, hiking and spending time with his family.

He was remembered at a funeral service April 23 at St. Christopher Church in Rocky River, Ohio.

Tom is survived by Carol, his wife of 59 years, as well as sons Tom, Mark and Carl and daughter Frances.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Poor Clare Monastery, 3501 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, OH 44111, or to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110.