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Zoltan Tomory

May 11, 1924 October 31, 2019
Zoltan Tomory
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Zoltán Tomory, 95, of Silver Lake, Wisconsin died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Aurora Burlington Memorial Hospital. He was born May 11, 1924 in the town of Szabolcs, Szabolcs County, Hungary to Zoltán and Ilona (née Hrabovszky) Tomory. He grew up and was educated in Hungary, finishing secondary school at the English International boarding school in Sárospatak. Zoltán studied and received his law degree while simultaneously serving in the Hungarian army with the rank of Lieutenant during the Second World War, where he led a unit on the Russian front. He was captured the day before his twenty-first birthday and performed forced labor for three and a half years in a prisoner-of-war camp in Soviet Georgia.

Following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Zoltán immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen. In 1957 he married Susan Veronica Mayer in Boston, Massachusetts. Following their marriage, they lived in Somerville, Massachusetts, Framingham, and Newton, Massachusetts, where Zoltán served as Alderman. In 1976 they moved to Illinois, living first in Lake Forest, then in Wilmette. In 1984 Zoltán moved back to Somerville, Massachusetts to take a position at New England Aquarium, briefly living apart from Susan, then reuniting with her in Evanston, Illinois. Their final home was Silver Lake, Wisconsin, an area they loved because its verdant hills reminded them of their beloved homeland.

After coming to the United States, Zoltán was a consultant at Arthur D. Little, an administrator at the joint Harvard-M.I.T. Electron Accelerator Laboratory, Executive Officer of Harvard University Center for International Affairs, Executive Officer of Zoltán Kodály Music Institute, Executive Director of International House at the University of Chicago, and Manager of New England Aquarium. He retired in 1987. Zoltán was an avid photographer from his youth. He was a voracious reader of history, science, international affairs, and spiritual matters. In his last twenty years he was able to continue reading thanks to libraries for the blind. He endured his blindness with dignity and grace. He was a lifelong animal lover, and we are sure he is peeking in on his beloved Snowball even now.

He is survived by his children Zoltán Márton (Jane) Tomory, Marianne Kinga Tomory, Mark Csaba Tomory (Kateryna Silvestro) and by grandsons Michael Gabriel and Samuel Bogdan. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, half-brother György, and half-sister Magda.

His family would like to thank Kris Schick and family for having been there for Dad for many years, and the emergency department staff at Burlington Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care in recent months. Per Zoltán’s wishes, a memorial service will be held, but the date has yet to be determined. Gifts in Zoltán’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice, especially those that serve animals, nature, or the poor.

Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory
625 S. Browns Lake Drive
Burlington WI 53105
(262) 763-3434

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