Obituary: Thomas M. Gerusky

Thomas M. Gerusky, age 74 of Allendale in Lower Allen Twp., died 

Sunday in Select Specialty Hospital, East Pennsboro Twp. 


Mr. Gerusky was born on June 18, 1935 in Fort Edward, near Lake 

George, New York, a son of the late Michael and Marie Varney Gerusky.


He received a bachelor's degree at Union College and in 1956 earned

 a master's degree in radiological physics at the University of Rochester.

Before coming to Harrisburg he worked at the Brookhaven National 

Atomic Laboratory and for Squibb Institute.


At Union College he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and 

the Garnet Key Society.


Gerusky was the director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Radiological 

Health in the Department of Environmental Resources. He later worked

for the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Restoration program 

in Germantown, MD.


Patriot-News columnist Paul B. Beers, in "Reporter At Large" wrote that 

Gerusky was said to be "the faceless expert quoted whenever there is 

fallout or a nuclear power plant leak. A welcome side-talent of his 

expertise is that public communications comes easy to him and he 

is good at it...."


Gerusky's expertise and knowledge was widely sought during the 

Three Mile Island Nuclear accident in 1979. Most notable were 

actions he took toward protecting the citizens of Pennsylvania 

during the TMI incident. 


Surviving is his wife Patricia A., at home; two daughters Kathleen 

Hamilton, of Etters and Diane Adam of Lebanon; one son, Michael 

Gerusky of Greensburg; six grandchildren, Michael, Lindsay, Shaun, 

Brittany, Aaron and Thomas; two sisters, Sharron Beaty and Shirley 

Corrigan, both of Florida.


There will be a memorial gathering on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6-8p.m. 

at Mussleman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 324 

Hummel Ave., Lemoyne. there will be no viewing. Burial will be at 

the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to PUlmonary 

Education and Research foundation at