Tom Heidtke

Profile Updated: March 22, 2018
Residing In: Ann Arbor, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Jo (wife)
Occupation: Prof - Civil Engineering: Wayne State (Retired)
Children: Alex, born 1989.
Class Year: 1965
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Arrived in Ann Arbor in 1965 and never left. Finished my B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1970 and suddenly realized I didn't want to be an industrial engineer. Completed my PhD in Water Resources Engineering at UM in 1975. I worked at The Great Lakes Basin Commission in Ann Arbor from 1975 until 1981 while also teaching as an adjunct assistant professor at Michigan. I accepted a faculty position in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Wayne State University in 1981 and remained there until my retirement in 2010. I lived in Ann Arbor the entire time, commuting between Ann Arbor and Detroit for 29 years. My wife Jo had a kidney transplant in 1990. She is doing great 24 years later. She works part-time at Chelsea Hospital as a hand therapist. I spend most of my time fishing for perch and walleye on Lake Erie, reading, listening to music, going for long walks every day, and playing basketball at a local gym. We had our only child, our son Alex, in 1989. I was 41 at the time. Alex is now 25 and was just married this past August 2014. Unless I get lost in a fog out on the water between now and next summer, I hope to see many of you at the 50th reunion.

School Story:

I had such a great time in high school I barely know where to begin. I remember having my heart broken as a sophomore when Arthur Hill's basketball team suffered its only loss of the season (by 2 points I believe) in the state semi-finals against Adrian. I was at that game with Ken Rabideau and his Dad. I attended every tournament game that year, including a huge win in the regionals at the Flint IMA. I remember Arthur Hill defeated a supposedly invincible team from Grand Rapids South (their star was Lee Lafeyette) just prior to the state semi-finals. When we won that game, I was certain we would go on to win the state title. Craig Dill, Art Gelow, Jim Flora, Keith Kundinger and I think Tim Shoskey were the five starters for Arthur Hill. It was an incredible run throughout the season. It took me a few weeks to get the sick feeling out of my stomach after we lost the semi-final game played in East Lansing. Another memory that sticks out for me is having my lunch attacked each day by my good friends Harry Myers and Paul Minnis. As soon as I brought a sandwich out of my lunchbag in the cafeteria, Minnis' fist would come smashing down on top of it, converting it into something very thin and unrecognizable. Then another hand would quickly grab whatever dessert my mom had packed. No one ever messed with the fruit or the carrot and celery sticks. It sounds strange but we all laughed until we cried. I learned to eat a big breakfast during the week because lunch was always going to be a challenge. Finally, I can still remember playing "barnyard" basketball ... outside ... during the winter on friday and saturday nights at Rick Bruggers' house. There were 8-10 of us, including Chris Martin, Harry Myers, Lloyd Anderson, Tom Mills, Bob Chandler, Tom Miller and a few other names that escape me. No matter how cold the outside temperature, we cleared the driveway of all ice and snow, put on our gloves and hats and multiple layers of clothing, turned on the outside lights, and played for hours. Those were good times.

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Big walleye caught in the rain and released unharmed up at Lady Evelyn Lake.
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Caught this nice walleye on Lake Erie on December 3rd, 2017. It was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the mid-50s out on the water, light winds, and lots of sunshine. That night the temperatures dropped into the mid-teens and open water fishing was done for another year.
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The finished design project being tested on the day of the big race. Wayne State placed second in their design report and third in the actual race against other canoes. Thankfully I was not required to be in the canoe during the race. Had that been mandatory, we might have all drowned.
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Students presenting their final concrete canoe design project at Wayne State University.
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Me with civil engineering students from my final semester at Wayne State University. I retired in May 2010 ... a few months after this pic was taken. The students were there to race their concrete canoe against those designed and constructed by other student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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Ken Rabideau and I at the 50th reunion. What a great time.

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I caught this walleye on August 2nd, 2015. It was just short of 30" in length. I released her unharmed. Maybe she'll be waiting for me next year when I return to Lady Evelyn Lake in northeastern Ontario.

Big walleye caught in the rain and released unharmed up at Lady Evelyn Lake.
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Jim, thanks for the birthday greeting. I appreciate it. Believe it or not, I think about you frequently. You were one of the classmates I truly admired. I hope you're healthy and enjoying life.

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My wife Jo and I escorting our son Alex at his wedding.
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Caught this nice walleye on Lake Erie on December 3rd, 2017. It was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the mid-50s out on the water, light winds, and lots of sunshine. That night the temperatures dropped into the mid-teens and open water fishing was done for another year.
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The finished design project being tested on the day of the big race. Wayne State placed second in their design report and third in the actual race against other canoes. Thankfully I was not required to be in the canoe during the race. Had that been mandatory, we might have all drowned.
Posted: Mar 22, 2018 at 3:49 PM
Students presenting their final concrete canoe design project at Wayne State University.
Posted: Mar 22, 2018 at 3:48 PM
Me with civil engineering students from my final semester at Wayne State University. I retired in May 2010 ... a few months after this pic was taken. The students were there to race their concrete canoe against those designed and constructed by other student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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Big walleye caught in the rain and released unharmed up at Lady Evelyn Lake.
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My wife Jo and I escorting our son Alex at his wedding.