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Dr. Eugene William Tornow

1918 - 2002


Dr. Eugene William Tornow, 84, died October 17, 2002 in Newnan, Ga.


Dr. Tornow was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 14, 1918, son of Julius and Ida Tornow. He grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Milwaukee State Teachers College where he lettered four years in cross-country.


He took his first teaching position in Albany, Wisconsin, where he met Antonia Nuwash. They were married July 18, 1941. In 1943 the couple moved to Appleton, Wisconsin where he taught Junior High School for the next 13 years.


In 1946 he earned his Master of Education from Lawrence College. In addition to teaching math and social science, Mr. Tornow coached football, basketball and track, and was an official for state high school football and basketball. He was also the assistant director of the Appleton recreation department.


In 1956 he moved into public school administration, holding positions of high school principal in Reeseville and Watertown, Wisconsin. In 1965 he earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He subsequently became Superintendent of Schools in Massena, New York, Oak Creek, Wisconsin and Beloit, Wisconsin.


Dr. Tornow retired as Superintendent of the Beloit School System in 1979. The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators recognized his contributions to public education by awarding him the first Outstanding Educator Award for the state of Wisconsin.


Following his retirement, Mr. Tornow served as a consultant to school administrators and the Wisconsin State Board of Education.


In 1998, Eugene and Antonia Tornow moved to Newnan, Ga.


Surviving are his wife, Antonia; two sons, Robin Tornow and wife Barbara of Newnan and Joel Tornow and wife Suzanne of Meridian, Idaho; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Burial was at Valhala Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, Ga.