Thomas "Dutch" Van Wart, a librarian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, died March 30 in Duke Medical Center, Durham, N.C., after a lengthy illness. He was 55.
Mr. Van Wort was born on Long Island and was a graduate of Huntington High School. He had a bachelor's degree in political science from Oswego State College, a master's degree in library science from the University at Albany and studied Persian at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Calif.
He recently retired after 30 years of federal service. His work with the Corps of Engineers earned him an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Louise Cummings; a son, Scott of the Town of Tonawanda; two daughters, Audra of Port Jefferson and Rebecca of Tampa, Fla.; three brothers, Harold of Palo Alto, Calif., and Robert and Michael, both of Long Island; two sisters, Anne Geluso and Alice Haas, both of Long Island; and three grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Lockport. Burial is private.