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Tom Carsey

Jan. 20, 1966 – Feb. 21, 2018

Tom Carsey, age 52, of Durham, North Carolina, passed away at home on Feb. 21, 2018, after a stubbornly determined fight with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

He was born on Jan. 20, 1966, in Omaha to Dennis and Marsha (Green) Carsey. He graduated from Fremont High in 1984. Tom graduated from Wayne State College in 1989 where he met his best friend and the love of his life, Dawn (Warren) Carsey. They married on May 21, 1988.

Tom earned his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University. From there, he taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1995-2000, Florida State University from 2000-2006 and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from 2006-2018. In addition to being a political science professor, he served as the director of the Odom Institute for Research in Social Science.

Tom loved his family deeply and was loved by them in return. He was hopelessly in love with his wife, Dawn, and intensely proud of his children, Simon and Jane. He remained close with his parents, siblings and their families back home in Nebraska.

Tom is survived by his wife, Dawn, and children, Simon and Jane; parents, Dennis and Marsha Carsey; sister, Vicki (Tom) Brown; brother, Bob (Bob) Carsey; nephew, Jon (Nicole) Brown and their daughters, Kendall and Ellie; niece, Becki Brown, and her son, Drayke; and many loving brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews from Dawn’s side of the family, as well as friends, colleagues and former students nearby and across the country.

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A funeral service was held on Feb. 24 at First Presbyterian Church in Durham. A memorial service and inurnment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at First Congregational UCC Church, 16th and Broad streets, in Fremont.

Memorials will be added to already established scholarships bearing Tom’s name at the University of North Carolina and Indiana University.


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